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  - Asha - Goodreads

Another book I had to read for class. It reads like many of the epics I've had to read for school, but the tone is a little different (I guess would be the best way to put it). It's a little less academic and more story telling. All in all, pretty interesting. Read full review

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User Review  - Madison Mullins - Goodreads

Interesting read on early kingdoms in Sub-Saharan Africa. 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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