This is actually three books in one, Chinua Achebe’s “African” trilogy, including “Things Fall Apart” from 1958. This work pretty much launched post-colonial literature and paved the way for the generation of great African writers who came after, including the wondrous Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Elif Shafak is a female Turkish novelist who has lately been persecuted by the Turkish government (authoritarians go after the intellectuals first.) This book is about the last ten minutes in a murdered prostitute’s life as she reflects on her past while she dies behind a dumpster. 😳
So I finished Proust’s “Swann’s Way.” It was tedious sometimes but also brilliant, like a lot of great novels. I will say that he uses the word “obliquely” more than any other writer I have encountered.