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Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian writer who died on Thursday at 82 , spent his life thinking deeply about his home country, Nigeria. After moving to the United States in 1990, he still kept a close eye on Nigeria and offered strong opinions about its leadership and politics. In 2010, he told the Guardian : “If we took just one of our political or military leaders, put them on trial in Nigeria, showed how much money they had taken and sentenced them to an adequate punishment, from that point corruption would begin to end.”
Fiction - paperback; Penguin Modern Classics; 272 pages; 2005. First published in 1970, Robertson Davies' Fifth Business is the first volume of the Deptford Trilogy, but can be read as a standalone novel. The title refers to the idea of a person being neither hero or heroine, confidante nor villain, but still being a vital part of a plot — without them the denouement or resolution would not happen.