In a recent interview with the Louisiana Channel, Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie speaks on beauty, confidence and her book ‘Americanah’.
I am drawn to the beauty of sentences, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie confesses in this interview. Nevertheless it is important to keep a distance to your characters.
Chimamanda Adichie (b. 1977) discovered literature at a very early age. “I started reading and writing at the same time”, she says in this conversation. “If the writing is going well, it is almost transcendent. Then it is a state of being.”
Adichie explains, that she is drawn to melancholy: “Both in people, stories and music I find it very beautiful.”
At the same time, Adichie distances herself from pure emotional literature. “People tend to think, that if a book supports your own prejudices, it’s great literature. It’s not. As a writer, you have to keep a distance to your subject. And in general, the definition of beauty in the western world is very narrow.”
Source: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2014