Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart (and many other novels) and icon of modern African literature, died today at 82. 

She looked at each in turn with a strained smile on her countenance. `Truth is beauty, isn’t it? It must be you know to make someone dying in that pain, to make him … smile. He sees it and it is … How can I say it? … It is unbearably, yes unbearably beautiful.

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    Impressive. Major loss.
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