Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"Time Magazine" has named her as one of the 100 most influential people on the planet and she has been called "the Chinua Achebe of the twenty-first century". Born in Abba, in Nigeria, and raised in the university town of Nsukka, Chiamanda Ngozi Adichie's books have been translated into over thirty languages and her pieces often appear in leading newspapers ("The New Yorker", "Granta", "The O. Henry Prize Stories", "The Financial Times" and "Zoetrope"). She is the author of two classics of contemporary African literature, namely "Purple Hibiscus", which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book in 2005, and "Half a Yellow Sun" (Orange Broadband Prize in 2007 and the Premio internazionale Nonino in 2009). With "Americanah", her 2013 novel based on the story of the young Ifemelu, her journey from Nigeria to the United States and her new life in a strange land won National Book Critics Circle Award 2013 and was a finalist of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014. Recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria. 2017 saw the Italian release of "Cara Ijeawele", «a direct, funny, absolutely political and ironic pamphlet» ("L'Unità") and the short story collection "Quella cosa intorno al collo".

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