chimamanda ngozi adichie


V.18 No.31 | 7/30/2009

Book Review

Small World

The Thing Around Your Neck

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been called the artistic daughter of Chinua Achebe. Comparing the work of the 32-year-old MacArthur Genius to that of Achebe’s, the titan whose 1958 Things Fall Apart became the most widely read piece of African literature in history, is flattering but ultimately misleading. Rather, it reveals more about how little most of the West knows about African writing than any similarities between the two writers.

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