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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 “feminism” 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.
THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION ‘WINNER OF WINNERS’
Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, this is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written literary masterpiece
Ugwu, 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.
The limits of fifteen-year-old Kambili’s world are defined by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her fanatically religious father. Her life is regulated by schedules: prayer, sleep, study, prayer.
When Nigeria is shaken by a military coup, Kambili’s father, involved mysteriously in the political crisis, sends her to live with her aunt. In this house, noisy and full of laughter, she discovers life and love – and a terrible, bruising secret deep within her family.
This extraordinary debut novel from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, is about the blurred lines between the old gods and the new, childhood and adulthood, love and hatred – the grey spaces in which truths are revealed and real life is lived.
A personal and powerful essay on loss from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun.
'Grief is a cruel kind of education. You learn how ungentle mourning can be, how full of anger. You learn how glib condolences can feel. You learn how much grief is about language, the failure of language and the grasping for language'
On 10 June 2020, the scholar James Nwoye Adichie died suddenly in Nigeria.
In this tender and powerful essay, expanded from the original New Yorker text, his daughter, a self-confessed daddy's girl, remembers her beloved father. Notes on Grief is at once a tribute to a long life of grace and wisdom, the story of a daughter's fierce love for a parent, and a revealing examination of the layers of loss and the nature of grief.
‘A delicious, important novel’ The Times
‘Alert, alive and gripping’ Independent
‘Some novels tell a great story and others make you change the way you look at the world. Americanah does both.’ Guardian
As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.
Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?
Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning ‘Americanah’ is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today’s globalized world.
The emotional storms weathered by a mother and daughter yield a profound new understanding in a moving short story by the bestselling, award-winning author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists.
When Zikora, a DC lawyer from Nigeria, tells her equally high-powered lover that she’s pregnant, he abandons her. But it’s Zikora’s demanding, self-possessed mother, in town for the birth, who makes Zikora feel like a lonely little girl all over again. Stunned by the speed with which her ideal life fell apart, she turns to reflecting on her mother’s painful past and struggle for dignity. Preparing for motherhood, Zikora begins to see more clearly what her own mother wants for her, for her new baby, and for herself.
From the Orange Prize-winning author of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ come twelve dazzling stories that turn a penetrating eye on the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Nigeria and the West.
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 she's been pushing away.
In 'Tomorrow Is Too Far', a woman unlocks the devastating secret that surrounds her brother's death.
The young mother at the centre of 'Imitation' finds her comfortable life threatened when she learns that her husband back in Lagos has moved his mistress into their 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 re-examine them.
Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow and longing, this collection is a resounding confirmation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's prodigious storytelling powers.
‘A delicious, important novel’ The Times
‘Alert, alive and gripping’ Independent
‘Some novels tell a great story and others make you change the way you look at the world. Americanah does both’ Guardian
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has firmly established herself as one of the world’s most exciting and important young writers – a regular award-winner, ‘endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers’ (Chinua Achebe).
A gripping, vividly written masterpiece, ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ won the Orange Prize for Fiction. The lives of Ugwu, a young boy from a poor village, Olanna, a middle class woman, and Richard, a white man and a writer intersect in intimate and unexpected ways during the vicious Nigerian civil war. This is a story about Africa, about moral responsibility, the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class and race – and about how love can move in to complicate all these things.
Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, ‘Americanah’ is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today’s globalized world. Ifemelu and Obinze fell in love as teenagers in Lagos. Thriteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria; Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer in America. When Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and the pair reignite their shared passions – for their homeland and for each other – they face the toughest decisions of their lives.
‘Purple Hibiscus’ is a compelling tale of adolescence, set against the backdrop of Nigeria’s military coup. Fifteen-year-old Kambili’s life is regulated by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her repressive father. However when Nigeria begins to fall apart, Kambili and her brother are sent to live in their aunt’s laughter-filled house, where they discover life, love, and a terrible, bruising secret deep within her family.
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.
Una conmovedora reflexión acerca del duelo por la muerte de su padre de la mano de la mundialmente aclamada autora de Todos deberíamos ser feministas.
En este emotivo y poderoso ensayo, que nace de un artículo publicado en The New Yorker, la autora nigeriana pone palabras al inenarrable grado de dolor causado por la repentina muerte de su padre en Nigeria: la crisis sanitaria por la pandemia de COVID-19 impidió que la autora pudiese salir de Estados Unidos para reunirse con su familia.
En un intento por encontrar consuelo ante la sensación de vacío que la sacudió hasta la médula, Sobre el duelo es una breve pero inteligente y conmovedora crónica autobiográfica de las primeras etapas de la gestión de la pérdida, un revelador examen de la naturaleza del dolor, un tributo al padre que la llamaba «nwoke neli» («la que equivale a muchos hombres») y una profunda reflexión sobre la lengua y las tradiciones igbo.
Este libro se enmarca en la más rabiosa y dolorosa actualidad: la autora escribe desde la certeza de ser sólo una más de entre los millones de personas en duelo, sobre las dimensiones culturales y familiares del mismo y, también, sobre la soledad y la ira inherentes a él. Sobre el duelo es un libro imprescindible para estos momentos. Y, sin embargo, resultará atemporal, duradero, y una adición indispensable al canon de la autora. En el mismo formato que Todos deberíamos ser feministas, el lector lo atesorará y compartirá más que nunca.
La crítica ha dicho...
«Adichie escribe para explorar la naturaleza del duelo colectivo durante la pandemia, sobre "ser uno de entre esos millones de personas en duelo, sobre las dimensiones familiares y culturales del duelo y, también, sobre la soledad y la ira que lo acompañan".»
«Una de las escritoras africanas más prometedoras de su generación.»
«Chimamanda es extremadamente hábil expresando ideas complejas [...], una mujer valiente, directa, con el don de llegar al corazón de las cosas.»
«Una escritora universal.»
«Una escritora que tiene mucho que decir.»
As a powerful matriarchy reshapes the world, two men—old friends—confront the past and future in a bracing speculative short story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Americanah.
One night in Lagos, two former friends reunite. Obinna is a dutiful and unsophisticated stay-at-home husband and father married to a powerful businesswoman. Eze is single, a cautious rebel from his university days whose arrival soon upsets the balance in Obinna’s life. In a world where men are constantly under surveillance and subject to the whims of powerful women, more than Obinna’s ordered and accustomed routine might be on the line.
"A questão de gênero é importante em qualquer canto do mundo. É importante que comecemos a planejar e sonhar um mundo diferente. Um mundo mais justo. Um mundo de homens mais felizes e mulheres mais felizes, mais autênticos consigo mesmos. E é assim que devemos começar: precisamos criar nossas filhas de uma maneira diferente. Também precisamos criar nossos filhos de uma maneira diferente."
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ainda se lembra exatamente da primeira vez em que a chamaram de feminista. Foi durante uma discussão com seu amigo de infância Okoloma. "Não era um elogio. Percebi pelo tom da voz dele; era como se dissesse: 'Você apoia o terrorismo!'". Apesar do tom de desaprovação de Okoloma, Adichie abraçou o termo e — em resposta àqueles que lhe diziam que feministas são infelizes porque nunca se casaram, que são "anti-africanas", que odeiam homens e maquiagem — começou a se intitular uma "feminista feliz e africana que não odeia homens, e que gosta de usar batom e salto alto para si mesma, e não para os homens".
Neste ensaio agudo, sagaz e revelador, Adichie parte de sua experiência pessoal de mulher e nigeriana para pensar o que ainda precisa ser feito de modo que as meninas não anulem mais sua personalidade para ser como esperam que sejam, e os meninos se sintam livres para crescer sem ter que se enquadrar nos estereótipos de masculinidade.