Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Half of a Yellow Sun

(1036 words)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction (now the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction) for her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, which tells the story of the Nigerian Civil War (or the Nigerian-Biafran War) in southeastern Nigeria in the late 1960s. Taking her title from the image of the Biafran flag, Adichie uses the love story of Odenigbo and Olanna to show the personal struggle caused by political strife after the British left Nigeria, causing conflict between the Igbo and Hausa peoples – a conflict that eventually led to the war. In this sweeping novel, readers follow Odenigbo, a college professor drawn intellectually—and eventually in practice—to the idea of revolution, and his …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Citation:
Colleen, Clemens. "Half of a Yellow Sun". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 November 2013
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=23017, accessed 28 August 2015.]


Related Groups

  1. Postcolonial literature - Britain, The Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand