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I usually cry while writing: Adichie

Writing a novel is an emotionally exhausting experience for Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie. In an insightful conversation with Sonakshi Babbar, the author reveals more about herself and her writing experiences.
Sonakshi Babbar, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2011 11:14 AM IST

When we entered the courtyard, Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie was sitting regally, a vision in purple, her flowery satin dress reminiscent of her award wining novel,

Purple Hibiscus

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As she drinks juice at complete sang-froid, it's hard to imagine her as the strong, political, angry voice which echoes through her books. Her latest book Half A Yellow Sun, is a book about the Biafran war but she is quick to assert that it's not an historical account, "History gives facts, this novel is gives the truth - it's people's interpretation of the war."

When you talk to her about globalization, a non-western writer in a pre-dominantly western world she is annoyed, "I don't need validation from the west, winning prizes feels good but that's not why I write, for me what matters is ordinary people reading my books. There're a lot of writers who win awards, but no one reads them," she laughs.

About her novels she says, "Writing a novel is an emotionally exhausting experience, when writing about the Biafran it's very normal to fall into despair. Writing is a process of recalling history, I usually cry while writing."

Her face lights up when talking about young writers in Nigeria, "People in Nigeria are writing a lot of fiction, non-fiction, there's lot of writing going on and a lot more publishing going on, it's all very exciting."

Being an attractive, young woman writer from Nigeria, she has had a lot to contend with, but she takes it all in her stride. "Being a female writer comes with a lot of baggage but it doesn't make me stop, I want to challenge those assumption- a small girl can write a political history," she says with a fiercely intelligent look in her yes.

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