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Notes on Grief Hardcover – 30 May 2021

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Praise for Notes on Grief

‘Both emotional and austere, a work of dignity and of unravelling’ Guardian

‘With raw eloquence, Adichie’s observations have, simultaneously, an academic detachment and an inescapable anguish at being “in the centre of this churning” with “porous edges that there is no way through” … Notes on Grief is both achingly personal and stunningly familiar to anyone who has felt that scattering’ Independent

An exquisite howl of pain written in the aftermath, last year, of the unexpected death of her father’ Telgraph

Notes on Grief is a moving account of a daughter’s sorrow and it is also a love letter to the one who has gone. … She is saying don’t go and she is saying goodbye and she is also saying sorry’ Observer

In 30 short sections, Notes on Grief lays a path by which we might mourn our individual traumas among the aggregate suffering of this harrowing time.New York Times

‘Feels raw, even for a book about grief … It is no salve for her own grief, but Adichie’s brave observance of her own pain, will be a gift to those also suffering their first year of loss in these strange timesiNews

‘When you send a great writer into the valley of the dead, the reportage is better quality. In 1961 CS Lewis wrote A Grief Observed of the year after the death of his wife; in 2005 Joan Didion wrote The Year of Magical Thinking about the same time span after the death of her husband. Into this tradition falls Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie … For fans of the famously private Adichie – this is fascinatingly intimate. It is also delivered in the most readable, tender bites for any of the many of us whose attention has been shot by the harrowing of this past year’ The Times

About the Author

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of Purple Hibiscus, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize, Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction; and acclaimed story collection The Thing Around Your Neck. Americanah, was published around the world in 2013, received numerous awards and was named one of New York Times Ten Books of the Year. A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Fourth Estate (30 May 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 96 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0008470308
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0008470302
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 140 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 11.7 x 1.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ United Kingdom
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 188 ratings

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Reviewed in India on 6 June 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Significance of Grief and the Dying
By Singh, R. on 6 June 2021
Notes of Grief’ is an written in the memory of Adichie’s father, James Nwoye Adichie, who passed away on 10 June, 2020. The essay is an attempt to deal with the grief over his untimely loss. It is her way to mourn his life- that of a caring father, a serious academic, a concerned citizen of Nigeria and above all “a lovely man”. She wants to capture her grief; both its emotional and physical manifestations through her writing. Like all the issues and emotions she writes about in her books, the essay is resonant of one that has hit hard and is unbearable to her. She ruminates on the hurt, the shock and the change death causes in one’s life. Adichie’s text is a brief reflection on what it feels like to lose someone and how we try to negotiate our lives and those of other around us during that loss. Her essay holds you closer, whispers an elegy that will make you cry and let you think of a way to accept how fiercely death changes us.
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