Tales of War for the ‘Third Generation’: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun

Serena Guarracino (Università "L'orientale" (Napoli))

Abstract

Di recente emersa come autrice principale della ‘terza  generazione’ di scrittori nigeriani (Adesanmi & Dunton 2005), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie è approdata alla notorietà internazionale nel 2007, quando il suo romanzo Half of a Yellow Sun vinse l’Orange Prize for Fiction. Questo articolo analizza come la trattazione del tema della guerra nella scrittura di Adichie offra una nuova prospettiva sul ruolo dell’intellettuale impegnato in contesti postcoloniali e globali. Adichie sceglie di raccontare il conflitto attraverso diversi livelli di ri- narrazione, rifiutando in questo modo di porsi come portavoce di un’identità nazionale (nigeriana e/o biafrana), etnica (Igbo), o sociale tra le diverse posizionalità a cui il romanzo dà voce. Di conseguenza, Half of a Yellow Sun intende sostenere una cultura di pace per una generazione di nigeriani cosmopoliti, nati almeno una decade dopo la tragica fine del conflitto, invocando il diritto delle nuove generazioni ad una memoria senza ritorsioni.

DOI: 10.17456/SIMPLE-27

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