Chimamanda!

Friday, July 10, 2009 - 03:09 PM

Remember Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? Kurt sat down with the up-and-coming Nigerian writer last December - on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Things Fall Apart - to ask how it felt being called the "21st-century daughter of Chinua Achebe." Her answer? Pretty good. Now Adichie's come out with a wonderful new collection of short stories called The Thing Around Your Neck. She read a selection from her story "The Shivering" at the Sydney Writers' Festival in May - it's subtle, funny, touching. Check it out (and start one minute in to get right to the story).

Listen to a rebroadcast of Kurt's conversation with Chimamanda here:

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Eric Hamell

In your interview with Chinua Achebe, you interrupted his mentioning the title of his book, Things Fall Apart, to say, "which of course is taken from a poem by William Butler Yeats." While it's possible that's where Achebe got it, that's not its origin. The line comes from Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur, published in 1485. You can find it on page xv of John Lawlor's introduction to the 1969 Penguin edition.

Jul. 11 2009 01:14 PM

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