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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…

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