viernes, 17 de mayo de 2013

She is a writer.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
  Chimamanda Adichie’s Commonwealth lecture (Video)          
       Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks about the importance of what she terms “realist literature”, her discourse is fantastic and clear. She starts claiming books are the centre of her world. She affirms, writing is a private act which becomes a public one. Firstly, her writings are for readers, but not any kind of readers, for those who love the way she writes, an audience arises and moves right-wing from a concrete took public space and the result is, Chimamanda writes the kind of fiction she would like to read. Chimamanda writes for whoever enjoys that kind of fiction, due to she is a writer who is not interest in Hobbits or alternative universes for  example, so readers who love fiction stories or live in a fairy tale would not be her audience; her books are about real human beings living in real places, what she means real literature. In addition,  about which is the role of literature, she claims it is to delight and underlines that realist literature is to search for humanity with less cynicism as well. Literature is in deep how we are different and calls realist literature transmits the sensibility of citizenship.
Half of a yellow sun, one of her books.
              About her books and writings, Chimamanda expresses where the inspiration comes from,  which is  for the writer is a challenge. The inspiration comes from the desire to write about love, friendship and family and how world changes all of that for instance. In addition, for Chimamanda, the inspiration comes from her father, from the eyes of her mother telling her stories. To sum up books and literature are her world, and realist literature makes her to be closer to the audience. 

Award winning African author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells Jon Snow why her latest book Americanah mirrors some of the central issues of her own life; race, immigration and the power of hair.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born on 15 September 1977 in Enugu, Nigeria. Chimamanda grew up in Nsukka and completed her secondary education at the University's school, receiving several academic prizes. She went on to study medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half. During this period, she edited The Compass, a magazine run by the University's Catholic medical students.

At the age of nineteen, Chimamanda left for the United States. She gained a scholarship to study communication at Drexel University in Philadelphia for two years, and she went on to pursue a degree in communication and political science at Eastern Connecticut State University. 
Chimamanda graduated in 2001, and then completed a master's degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
It is during her senior year at Eastern that she started working on her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, which was released in October 2003. The book has received wide critical acclaim: it was short listed for the Orange Fiction Prize (2004) and was awarded the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (2005). Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun (also the title of one of her short stories), is set before and during the Biafran War. It was published in August 2006 in the United Kingdom and in September 2006 in the United States. Like Purple Hibiscus, it has also been released in Nigeria.
Chimamanda was a Hodder fellow at Princeton University during the 2005-2006 academic year, and earned an MA in African Studies from Yale University in 2008.
Her collection of short stories, The Thing around Your Neck, was published in 2009. Chimamanda says her next major literary project will focus on the Nigerian immigrant experience in the United States.
Chimamanda is now married and divides her time between Nigeria, where she regularly teaches writing workshops, and the United States. She has recently been awarded a 2011-2012 fellowship by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

A list of the awards she has won is available in 


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