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In this photo taken, Saturday, April 27, 2013, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, left, signs autographs during a book launch of her new book 'Americanah', in Lagos, Nigeria. Modern life in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, has become almost a character itself in novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's new book, "Americanah." Within its pages, one catches self-acknowledged glimpses of the writer herself, who shot to fame with her previous novel. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) Copyright 2013, The Associated Press

Adichie focuses on Nigeria's present for new novel

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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The traffic is there, grinding life to a halt as the middle class pound out messages on BlackBerry mobile phones and worry about Facebook. The heat, the sweat and the daily tragedy of unclaimed bodies lying alongside roadways, passers-by hurrying past for fear of someone else's misfortune becoming entangled in their own.

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