By Chinua Achebe
Through the well known writer of Things Fall Apart, this novel foreshadows the Nigerian coups of 1966 and exhibits the colour and vivacity in addition to the violence and corruption of a society making its personal manner among the 2 worlds.
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She doesn't answer. The question is repeated. No answer. The other lady asks why she doesn't answer. "There's nothing to answer, is there? ") The next joke similarly commented on the tendency of Nazi and Fascist regimes to take what was not theirs: En jossing kom til en nazist som hadde bilder pa veggen av Jesus, Hitler og Mussolini. Jesus hang mellom de to. -Jasa, sajossingen-er dette de to roverne som han ble hengt mellom? , 22]24 (A Jossing was visiting the home of a Nazi. On the wall were pictures of Jesus, Hitler and Mussolini, with Jesus in the middle.
22 POLITICS AND DAILY LIFE Some humor moved beyond the personal sphere to reflect more critical political issues, such as Hitler's usurping of territories by invading Poland on 1 September 1939; Norway and Denmark on 9 April 1940; Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France on 10 May 1940: Nar en simpel mann stjeler kalles det tyveri. .. fin .. .. kleptomani. et land .. Germany. [Schou-Sorensen] (When a poor man steals, it's called thievery. When a man of means steals, it's called kleptomani(a).
Other jokes belittled Hitler's accomplishments and emphasized his humble origins. Hvet du hvorfor Hitler har fatt jernkorset? Alle-kan fa det. [Larsen] (Do you know why Hitler has received the Iron Cross? ) One of the most frequent reminders of the Nazi presence was the ubiquitous Hitler salute,28 marketed in Norway as Den norske hilsen (The Norwegian Salute), said to go back to the Vikings. A poster ordered for display in all public offices as of January 1941 proclaimed: The ancient Norwegians greeted each other with an up-raised right hand.
A Man of the People by Chinua Achebe