BBC Culture, in a recent poll of “several dozen” US critics, has named Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun among the 12 greatest novels of the 21st Century so far. Set amidst the Biafran War, Half of a Yellow Sun explores the effects of the war on the newly independent nation. According to the critic Walton Muyumba, Half of a Yellow Sun is “… a tour de force, artistically and intellectually.” Also highly ranked was Adichie’s 2013 novel, Americanah, which very narrowly missed out on a spot in the top 12.
Ranked at number one was Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Also among the top 12 were Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad.
To see the full list, click here.