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Title: “A Private Experience”
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Published in: VQR/The Guardian
Date of Publication: 2004
Genre: Short story
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (b. 1977) is a Nigerian writer. She lives both in the US and Nigeria and is an activist for feminism and African literature. Her works usually focus on African women and their lives. A first version of “A Private Experience” appeared in 2004 in VQR magazine, and a second version was published in The Guardian, at the end of 2008.
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