This is the classic collection of Chinua Achebe's short fiction, written over twenty years and drawn from literary journals and magazines, to be made available to the wider public.
The earliest, "Marriage is a Private Affair" (1952), dates back to his student days at Ibadan, Nigeria, while the latest, "Vengeful Creditor" and "Civil Peace" (1971), are stories of the Nigerian civil war. "Girls at War", the title story, is about the tragic effects of war on the civilian population, in particular on one girl, who sets out with high ideals which vanish as the war drags on and the need for food replaces the need for ideals.
This collection provides an interesting cross-section of Achebe's work and the development of his key themes and distinctive style against the significant historical and political backdrop of Africa in the decades between 1952 and 1972.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 120 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
- Publication Date: 28/01/2010
- Category: Short stories
- ISBN: 9780143026235