China fan base for Chimamande Adichie.

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Nigeria's most famous modern/contemporary writer, Chimamanda Adichie is quickly garnering a Chinese fanbase like no other African before her. All of her works --including Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah--have been translated into Mandarin.

Bruce Humes, an American linguist and Chinese literary translator, says: "By far the hottest African writer among Chinese fans today is Nigeria's Adichie."

Humes has put together a bilingual list of contemporary African fiction published in Chinese since the 1980s. He has so far identified 146 translated works from 66...

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