Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali

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Longman, 1965 - Literary Criticism - 101 pages
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Retold by generations of griots-the guardians of African culture-this oral tradition has been handed down from thirteenth century and captures all the mystery and majesty of medieval African kingship. It is an epic tale-part history, part legend-which should rank alongside the 'Iliad' and the 'Odyssey' as one of the world's great adventure stories.

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Review: Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali

User Review  - Caitlin - Goodreads

Definitely interesting to read, but if it hadn't been for class, I probably wouldn't have picked it up. Not my cup of tea. Read full review

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User Review  - Alessa Hutter - Goodreads

Sundiata is a written account of the traditional oral story of Mali's origins. Explores interesting relationships and is a different way of tracing the epic genre. Quick read and pretty entertaining. Read full review


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About the author (1965)

Born in Guinea, author and playwright Djibril Tamsir Niane is a descendant of griots - African oral historians/storytellers. He translated Sundita, as told by the griot Djeli Mama dou Kouyate, into French under the title Soundjata ou Epoque Mandiginue in 1960. It was later translated into English by G.D. Pickett in 1965.

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