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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Achebe's Heir

"I realize now what an interesting coincidence it is that I grew up in a house previously occupied by the writer whose work is most important to me. There must have been literary spirits in the bathroom upstairs, which was larger and airier than the one downstairs, with a stately white tub that my mother complained was never cleaned well enough; I often got story ideas after taking bucket baths in it. But the only manifest Achebe legacy was on a window ledge in the dining room, scratch-written in the childish hand of his daughter: 'Nwando Achebe.'

- Orange Prize-winner Chimamanda Adichie, on living in the house that Chinua Achebe used to occupy, in The Washington Post. (The paper's profile of the writer is here.)


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