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Imraan Coovadia Welcomes Comparisons to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Tales of the Metric SystemImraan Coovadia chatted to Siphiliselwe Makhanya of The Times about his new novel Tales of the Metric System recently.

At the Cape Town launch of the book a few weeks ago, The Book Lounge owner Mervyn Sloman said: “I don’t think anyone in our country has done anything as ambitious or extremely well pulled off.” In this interview Coovadia admits he may have “ruined” his earlier books “by a certain flippancy”, but says with Tales of the Metric System he welcomes comparisons to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, especially her novel Half of a Yellow Sun, which he especially admires.

Read the interview:

Your book has been likened to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun. Did that surprise you?

It wasn’t too surprising, since I suggested it.

I very much liked the structure and the seriousness of Half of a Yellow Sun.

You’ve said you were unhappy with your first attempts at writing a book in your 20s. How do you feel about the quality of the works that have followed?

I think I may have ruined them by a certain flippancy.

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