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Half of a Yellow Sun
Illustrated by Unyime Edet
Afterword by the author
The first illustrated edition of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s phenomenal Half of a Yellow Sun is published by The Folio Society, with a series of stunning watercolours by artist Unyime Edet.
‘Here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers.’
- Chinua Achebe
Between 1967 and 1970, Nigeria was plunged into a bloody Civil War that claimed the lives of more than a million people, as the government fought The Republic of Biafra; a successionist state fighting for independence. Against this turbulent backdrop, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie weaves the stories of five disparate characters – twins Olanna and Kainene, university professor Odenigbo, his houseboy Ugwu, and English ex-pat Richard – drawn together then pushed to the limits of human endurance as their country unravels. Beautifully written, dramatic and affecting, this sweeping novel about love, race, class and colonialism brings to the fore contemporary Nigerian literature and an overlooked history. With seven emotive watercolours and an evocative binding design by artist Unyime Edet, this edition of Adichie’s multi-award-winning novel celebrates its literary standing and the powerful impact it has on its readers.
Bound in printed and blocked duotone cloth
Set in Freight Text with P22 Typewriter as display
Frontispiece and 6 full-page colour illustrations
9½˝ x 6¼˝
Nigerian figurative painter and illustrator Unyime Edet’s work depicts the hidden truth about life and his startling paintings for this edition sees Adichie’s characters beautifully and sensitively imagined. Seven accomplished watercolours strike a delicate balance between the characters’ fragility and helplessness, and their dogged determination to survive against the odds. Edet’s binding design is sparse and affecting, the muted tones and tactile cloth evocative of the land that the Igbo nationalists and the Yoruba were fighting to claim as their own.
‘How much did one know of the true feelings of those who did not have a voice?’
In 2020, Half of a Yellow Sun was awarded the prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction ‘Winner of Winners’ accolade to mark the 25th anniversary of the prize. Such has been its impact on the literary scene, shining a light on Nigerian history, the scars of colonialism, and the tensions between Igbo and Yoruba cultures that led to civil war, that it is considered a modern classic.
When village boy Ugwu moves to town to work for university professor Odenigbo, his eyes are opened to the Igbo intellectual class and the opportunities that education offers. The professor’s ‘illogically beautiful’ girlfriend Olanna is a chief’s daughter who has eschewed her family’s wealth to follow her heart, while her twin sister Kainene is a headstrong businesswoman who drops her guard when she falls for English ex-pat Richard. As discord mounts and war rages, their world is upended. However, while the symbol of Biafra – half of a yellow sun – is displayed on the flag, there is still hope for peaceful resolution.
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