PRINT December 2006

Okwui Enwezor

1 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun (Knopf) The last few years have seen an explosion of new postcolonial writing by sophisticated, confident young African writers. Adichie is a Nigerian writer justly lauded for her lucid, well-crafted novels. Half of a Yellow Sun uses the genre of historical fiction to unfold and illuminate the anguish of fratricide and social disintegration brought about by Nigeria’s civil war during the 1960s. Adichie’s first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), made her a writer to watch; this book establishes her as a contemporary talent comparable to Zadie Smith, Kiran Desai, Monica Ali, or Chris Abani.

2 Luc Tuymans, Alarm (Belgium) Long-simmering xenophobia has swept across Europe, bringing once-shunned anti-immigrant extremist parties into the mainstream. As Vlaams Belang, the far-right party of Belgium’s northern Flanders region appeared on the verge of

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