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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Doesn’t Find Contemporary Fiction Very Interesting

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Doesn’t Find Contemporary Fiction Very Interesting

The writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Her most well-known novel, Americanah, explores race, love, and migration through the story of a young Nigerian woman who moves to the U.S.; in 2013, she gave a TEDx talk titled “We Should All Be Feminists,” which Beyoncé sampled on her song “Flawless,” bringing Adichie to instant international attention. In recent years, she’s been discussing what she sees as an unhealthy level of cultural self-censorship. She sat down with Atlantic senior editor Gal Beckerman at The Atlantic Festival to discuss the role of storytellers, the right to express oneself, and the importance of intellectual freedom. This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity. Gal Beckerman: Recently, I rewatched your viral 2009 TED talk, “The Danger of a Single Story,” in which you describe the way that the people can sort of limit one another with very constricting narratives about who they are. I wanted to ask you about the state of the single story right now, with a slight twist. When …