Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, this is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written literary masterpiece
This highly anticipated novel from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is set in Nigeria during the 1960s, at the time of a vicious civil war in which a million people died and thousands were massacred in cold blood.
The three main characters in the novel are swept up in the violence during these turbulent years. One is a young boy from a poor village who is employed at a university lecturer's house. The other is a young middle-class woman, Olanna, who has to confront the reality of the massacre of her relatives. And the third is a white man, a writer who lives in Nigeria for no clear reason, and who falls in love with Olanna's twin sister, a remote and enigmatic character.
As these people's lives intersect, they have to question their own responses to the unfolding political events. This extraordinary novel is about Africa in a wider sense: about moral responsibility, about the end of colonialism, about ethnic allegiances, about class and race; and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.
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'Heartbreaking, funny, exquisitely written and, without doubt, a literary masterpiece and a classic.' Daily Mail
'Stunning. It has a ramshackle freedom and exuberant ambition.' Observer
'I look with awe and envy at this young woman from Africa who is recording the history of her country. She is fortunate – and we, her readers, are even luckier.' Edmund White
'Absolutely awesome. One of the best books I've ever read.' Judy Finnigan
'Vividly written, thrumming with life…a remarkable novel. In its compassionate intelligence as in its capacity for intimate portraiture, this novel is a worthy successor to such twentieth-century classics as Chinua Achebe's “Things Fall Apart” and V.S. Naipaul's “A Bend in the River”.' Joyce Carol Oates
'Rarely have I felt so there, in the middle of all that suffering. I wasted the last fifty pages, reading them far too greedily and fast, because I couldn't bear to let go…It is a magnificent second novel – and can't fail to find the readership it deserves and demands.' Margaret Forster
'Here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers.’ Chinua Achebe
'[Deserves] a place alongside such works as Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy and Helen Dunmore's depiction of the Leningrad blockade, “The Siege”.' GuardianAbout 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 short story collection, ‘The Thing Around Your Neck’, was published to critical acclaim in 2009. 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. Her third novel, ‘Americanah’, was published to widespread critical acclaim in 2013. She lives in Nigeria.
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Book Description Fourth Estate, 2006. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. 1st Edition. A mint proof copy in super illustrated wraps. This unread gift condition copy is SIGNED and Publication Day DATED 21.08.06 by the author to the title page, having the Orange Shortlist bookmark loose laid in, whilst stocks last. Orange Prize Winning title. BOXED DESPATCH: OVERSEAS AIR ONLY: PLEASE DO NOT SELECT SURFACE!. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-16573887603
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Book Description Fourth Estate, London, United Kingdom, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First UK Edition. First Printing. True First printing of the first edition with number '1' to the copyright page to indicate a first printing. Slipcased Limited Edition one of only 250 copies this being #199. Signed by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to the title page. A collectors Copy. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 004351
Book Description Fourth Estate Ltd, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. RARE SLIPCASE LIMITED EDITION NUMBER 73/250 SIGNED BY AUTHOR MINT CONDITION DUST COVER & PROCTECTIVE PLASTIC are we ready for a novel about an imploding nation riven by religious strife and bloody wrangling over who controls the military, the civil service, the oil; a novel about looting, roadside bombs, killings and reprisal killings, set against a backdrop of meddling foreign powers? A novel in which several once-colonized peoples chafe against the nonsensical national boundaries that bind them together, in which citizens abandoned on the highways of fear must choose between a volatile federation and destabilizing partition?. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000056
Book Description FOURTH ESTATE, LONDON, UK, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. A SUPERB UK SLIPCASED LIMITED HARDBACK FIRST EDITION FIRST PRINT OF HALF OF A YELLOW SUN BY CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE WHICH CHIMAMANDA HAS SIGNED. THIS IS THE SLIPCASED SIGNED AND NUMBERED LIMITED EDITION, THIS BEING NUMBER 159 OF 250. ALL BOOKS DESPATCHED WRAPPED IN BUBBLE WRAP AND A STRONG CARDBOARD BOX. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 001379