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The Fortunes of Wangrin

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ISBN: 9780253212269
Author(s): Amadou Hampate Ba
Format: Paperback
Year: 2000
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 17 (w x l x h)
Pages: 296

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The Fortunes of Wangrin Amadou Hampate Ba [note special accents on the 'e' in Hampate and 'a' Ba not correctly reproduced here-see ms.] Translated by Aina Pavolini Taylor with an Introduction by F. Abiola Irele Winner of the Grand Prix Litteraire de l'Afrique Noire 'I think this is perhaps the best African novel on colonialism and it draws very richly on various modes of oral literature.' -Ralph Austen, University of Chicago 'It is a wonderful introduction to colonial rule as experienced by Africans, and in particular, to the rule of African middlemen.' -Martin A. Klein, University of Toronto 'The Fortunes of Wangrin is not only a wonderful novel by one of Africa's most renowned intellectuals, it is also literally filled with information about French colonization and its impact on traditional African societies, African resistance and collaboration to colonization, the impact of French education in Africa, and a host of other subjects of interest.' -Francois Manchuelle, New York University Wangrin is a rogue and an operator, hustling both the colonial French and his own people. He is funny, outrageous, corrupt, traditional, and memorable.
Ba's book bridges the chasm between oral and written literature. The stories about Wangrin are drawn from oral sources, but in the hands of this gifted writer these materials become transformed through the power of artistic imagination and license. The Fortunes of Wangrin i
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