Latest Issue

From Nigeria to New York

A new generation of African writers is embracing the themes of classic 19th-century literature and re-inventing the immigration novel for the 21st century

By Adam Kirsch   June 2013

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: her novel Americanah has the same shape and offers the same satisfactions as Jane Austen’s Persuasion (© Stefano De Luigi/VII/Corbis)

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (4th Estate, £20)

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi (Viking, £14.99)

Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta (Granta, £12.99)

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Chatto & Windus, £14.99)

Towards the end of Americanah, the rich and satisfying new novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the heroine Ifemelu returns to her native Lagos after a decade and a half in the…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect