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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Author

About the Author

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. Her first novel 'Purple Hibiscus' was published in 2003 and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Her second novel 'Half of a Yellow Sun' won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her work has been selected by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the BBC Short Story Awards, has appeared in various literary publications, including Zoetrope and The Iowa Review. She won a MacArthur 'genius' grant in 2009, and in 2010 appeared on the New Yorker's list of the best 20 writers under 40.

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Fellow novelist ANNE BERRY on CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novelHalf of a Yellow Sun is a stunning book throughout, set in 1960’s Nigeria as it erupts into the bloody Biafran War of secession. There is so much I loved about this book, the crisp narration that never balks from taking the reader into the darkest corners of man’s nature, the relationship between the twin sisters Olanna and Kainene, the clashing of their different natures and the divergent paths they follow.

Featured books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Should All be Feminists

We Should All be Feminists

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/10/2014

A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of 'Americanah' and 'Half of a Yellow Sun', based on her 2013 TEDx Talk of the same name. An eBook short. What does feminism mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay - adapted from her much-viewed Tedx talk of the same name - by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of 'Americanah' and 'Half of a Yellow Sun'. With humour and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century - one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviours that marginalise women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiences - in the U.S., in her native Nigeria - offering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike. Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a best-selling novelist, here is one remarkable author's exploration of what it means to be a woman today - and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

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Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2019

A heartbreaking, exquisitely written masterpiece. One of the ten books - novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography - that make up our Matchbook Classics' series, a stunningly redesigned collection of some of the best loved titles on our backlist. In 1960s Nigeria, three lives intersect. Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy Englishman, is in thrall to Olanna's enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Nigerian Civil War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's masterpiece is a novel about the end of colonialism, class and race - and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today - written as a letter to a friend. A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie's letter of response. Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions-compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive-for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can allow women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

Amerikana

Amerikana

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2017

NagraA ivana nigerijska spisateljica Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (1977.) zasjala je na svjetskoj knjizevnoj sceni romanom Polovica zutog sunca u kojem prikazuje graA anski rat u Nigeriji. Amerikana, njezin treci i jednako snazan roman, ocrtava zivot u poslijeratnoj Nigeriji, ali i u SAD-u i Velikoj Britaniji. Roman je dobio nagradu americkog Nacionalnog udruzenja knjizevnih kriticara (kojom su svojedobno ovjencane i nobelovke Alice Munro i Toni Morrison).Amerikana ponajprije prati sudbinu mladog para I Ifemelu i Obinzea. Njihova Nigerija shrvana je korupcijom i siromaA tvom, a ljudi bjeA e iz zemlje, i to ne zbog gladi ili rata, veA zbog letargije uzrokovane nedostatkom izbora"e;. Samosvjesna Ifemelu odlazi na studij u Ameriku gdje proA ivljava neuspjehe i pobjede, nove ljubavne veze i prekide, ali stalno osjeA a teA inu onoga o A emu u Nigeriji nikad nije razmiA ljala: svoje rase. Obinze ne uspijeva dobiti ameriA ku vizu i odlazi u Englesku gdje radi ilegalno i na kraju je uhiA en.Trinaest godina poslije Obinze A ivi u Nigeriji, obogatio se i zasnovao obitelj, a Ifemelu u SAD-u piA e duhovit blog o rasnim temama koji joj donosi slavu i stipendiju na Princetonu. Prekretnica romana njezina je odluka da se vrati u Afriku. Nakon toliko godina odvojenosti i promjena Ifemelu i Obinze sastaju se u naizgled drugaA ijoj Nigeriji...Amerikana je roman o snazi prve ljubavi i mladenaA kim snovima, A ivotu u emigraciji, politiA kim previranjima, ameriA kom snu. Ona je bogata tapiserija puna A ivopisnih likova koja prikazuje dva svijeta, onaj nigerijski i ameriA ki. Iako progovara o tome A to znaA i biti crne boje koA e u 21. stoljeA u na Zapadu i ispisuje snaA nu priA u o rasi i identitetu, Amerikana je u osnovi knjiga o teA nji svakoga od nas da u ovome razlomljenom, napuknutom i A esto okrutnom svijetu naA emo svoje mjesto i smisao.Neke knjige pripovijedaju velike priA e, neke mijenjaju naA pogled na svijet. Amerikana uspijeva u jednom i drugom."e;The Guardian

Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Format: eBook Release Date: 28/09/2017

WINNER OF THE BAILEYS PRIZE BEST OF THE BESTWinner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, this is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written literary masterpieceUgwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English writer, is in thrall to Olanna's enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Biafran War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's masterpiece, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, is a novel about Africa in a wider sense: about the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class and race - and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.

Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2017

A haunting story of love and war from ';one of the world's great contemporary writers' (Barack Obama), the best-selling author of AmericanahandWe Should All Be Feminists.With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the professor's beautiful young mistress who has abandoned her life in Lagos for a dusty town and her lover's charm; and Richard, a shy young Englishman infatuated with Olanna's willful twin sister Kainene. Half of a Yellow Sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war.

Arrangements

Arrangements

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Format: eBook Release Date: 08/06/2017

Commissioned by the New York Times to write a story on any aspect of the 2016 presidential campaign, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie created a delicious, subversive, incisive fictional account of Melania Trump Once, in the early years, before she fully understood him, she had asked what his favourite flowers were. 'I use the best florists in the city, they're terrific,' he replied, and she realised that taste, for him, was something to be determined by somebody else, and then flaunted. From one of our greatest writers, a short story about today's befuddling political climate, an imaginary account of a day in the life of Melania Trump and a fictional glimpse into the lives of the strange family residing in Trump Tower.

Liebe Ijeawele

Liebe Ijeawele

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Format: eBook Release Date: 08/03/2017

Mit funfzehn Vorschlagen fur eine feministische Erziehung wirft die Bestseller-Autorin Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie so einfache wie wichtige Fragen auf und spannt den Bogen zwischen zwei Generationen von Frauen.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Feministin und Autorin des preisgekronten Weltbestsellers Americanah hat einen Brief an ihre Freundin Ijeawele geschrieben, die gerade ein Madchen zur Welt gebracht hat. Ijeawele mochte ihre Tochter zu einer selbstbestimmten Frau erziehen, frei von uberholten Rollenbildern und Vorurteilen. Alles selbstverstandlich, aber wie gelingt das konkret?Mit ihrem Manifest Liebe Ijeawele. Wie unsere Tochter selbstbestimmte Frauen werden zeigt Chimamanda Adichie, dass Feminismus kein Reizwort ist, sondern eine Selbstverstandlichkeit. Mit funfzehn simplen Vorschlagen fur eine feministische Erziehung offnet sie auch den Blick auf die eigene Kindheit und Jugend. Die junge nigerianische Bestseller-Autorin steht fur einen Feminismus, mit dem sich alle identifizieren konnen. Ein Buch fur Eltern und Tochter.We should all be feminists!

Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions

Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Format: eBook Release Date: 07/03/2017

From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today - written as a letter to a friend.I have some suggestions for how to raise Chizalum. But remember that you might do all the things I suggest, and she will still turn out to be different from what you hoped, because sometimes life just does its thing. What matters is that you try.In We Should All be Feminists, her eloquently argued and much admired essay of 2014, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie proposed that if we want a fairer world we need to raise our sons and daughters differently. Here, in this remarkable new book, Adichie replies by letter to a friend's request for help on how to bring up her newborn baby girl as a feminist. With its fifteen pieces of practical advice it goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century.

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Format: eBook Release Date: 07/03/2017

New York Times Best SellerA Skimm Reads PickAn NPR Best Book of 2017From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today--written as a letter to a friend. A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie's letter of response. Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions--compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive--for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can "e;allow"e; women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/03/2017

From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today - written as a letter to a friend. I have some suggestions for how to raise Chizalum. But remember that you might do all the things I suggest, and she will still turn out to be different from what you hoped, because sometimes life just does its thing. What matters is that you try. In We Should All be Feminists, her eloquently argued and much admired essay of 2014, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie proposed that if we want a fairer world we need to raise our sons and daughters differently. Here, in this remarkable new book, Adichie replies by letter to a friend's request for help on how to bring up her newborn baby girl as a feminist. With its fifteen pieces of practical advice it goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century.

We Should All Be Feminists

We Should All Be Feminists

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Format: eBook Release Date: 31/01/2017

Thehighlyacclaimed, provocativeNew York Timesbestseller from the award-winning author of Americanah, ';one of the world's great contemporary writers' (Barack Obama). In this personal, eloquently-argued essayadapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same nameChimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author's exploration of what it means to be a woman nowand an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

Thing Around Your Neck

Thing Around Your Neck

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Format: eBook Release Date: 31/01/2017

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie burst onto the literary scene with her remarkable debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, which critics hailed as one of the best novels to come out of Africa in years (Baltimore Sun), with prose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully evokes (The Boston Globe); The Washington Post called her the twenty-first-century daughter of Chinua Achebe. Her award-winning Half of a Yellow Sun became an instant classic upon its publication three years later, once again putting her tremendous giftsgraceful storytelling, knowing compassion, and fierce insight into her characters heartson display. Now, in her most intimate and seamlessly crafted work to date, Adichie turns her penetrating eye on not only Nigeria but America, in twelve dazzling stories that explore the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States.In A Private Experience, a medical student hides from a violent riot with a poor Muslim woman whose dignity and faith force her to confront the realities and fears shes been pushing away. In Tomorrow is Too Far, a woman unlocks the devastating secret that surrounds her brothers death. The young mother at the center of Imitation finds her comfortable life in Philadelphia threatened when she learns that her husband has moved his mistress into their Lagos home. And the title story depicts the choking loneliness of a Nigerian girl who moves to an America that turns out to be nothing like the country she expected; though falling in love brings her desires nearly within reach, a death in her homeland forces her to reexamine them.Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, these stories map, with Adichies signature emotional wisdom, the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them. The Thing Around Your Neck is a resounding confirmation of the prodigious literary powers of one of our most essential writers.

We Should All Be Feminists

We Should All Be Feminists

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Format: eBook Release Date: 12/01/2017

A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun, based on her 2013 TEDx Talk of the same name. 'I would like to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently...' What does "e;feminism"e; mean today?In this personal, eloquently argued essay - adapted from her much-admired Tedx talk of the same name - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author's exploration of what it means to be a woman now - an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

Arrangements

Arrangements

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Format: eBook Release Date: 25/10/2016

The Arrangements is a short story originally published for The New York Times Book Review, which commissioned Adichie to ';write anything about this election you like.' The story focuses on Melania Trump and is a homage to Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway.

Die Halfte der Sonne

Die Halfte der Sonne

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Format: eBook Release Date: 28/07/2016

Adichies preisgekronter Afrika-Roman - schon jetzt ein WeltklassikerEine Geschichte uber Liebe und Verrat, Rassismus und Loyalitat und das Leben im zerstorerischen Alltag des Krieges.Im Nigeria der Sechzigerjahre kommt der Dorfjunge Ugwu als Houseboy zu Odenigbo, einem linksintellektuellen Professor, bei dem er lesen und schreiben lernt. Als Odenigbos neue Liebe Olanna ihr privilegiertes Leben in Lagos verlasst, um mit ihm zu leben, wachsen die drei schnell zu einer kleinen Familie zusammen. Richard, ein englischer Journalist, der in Nigeria Inspiration fur sein erstes Buchprojekt sucht, verliebt sich in Olannas ungleiche Schwester Kainene, die die Geschafte der reichen, aber auch korrupten Familie leitet. Sie alle durchleben durch ihre je eigenen Kampfe und Erfolge, doch teilen gemeinsam die groe Hoffnung auf ein unabhangiges Biafra, das 1967 im Osten Nigerias, wo die Mehrheit der Igbo-Bevolkerung lebt, ausgerufen wird. Nur drei Jahre spater versinkt das Land in einem blutigen Burgerkrieg, der Olanna, Kainene und ihre Liebsten brutal aus ihren Leben reit und alles Dagewesene ausradiert."e;Chimamanda Adichie ist eine neue Autorin, die mit der Gabe der alten Geschichtenerzahler gesegnet ist."e; Chinua Achebe

Shivering

Shivering

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Format: eBook Release Date: 09/05/2016

A Vintage Shorts ';Short Story Month' Selection On the day a plane crashed in Nigeria, Ukamaka lets into her apartment a neighbor in a Princeton sweatshirt she'd never met before to keep her company and pray. United in a common loss, Ukamaka is glad to have someone she can confide in about her home, her ex-boyfriend, her life as a graduate student in the United States, and her ambitions. But, in her eagerness to discover a new friend in Chinedu, Ukamaka is slow to realize the tragic and desperate secrets he is protecting from her. In this poignant, stirring short depicting the solitary lives that immigrants face in the United States, acclaimed author of Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie celebrates faith and the fragile ties that can grant salvation. An ebook short.

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