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  - Ken - Goodreads

An interesting look at Africa, African Myth, and African storytelling. I'm only disappointed that it took me so long to read it. A great story. Read full review

Review: Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali

User Review  - Mckinley - Goodreads

I could hear this being told as I read it. Glad I'd read the detailed picture book first so I was familiar with the storyline. See: Sundiata: Lion King of Mali by David Wisniewski (picture book) 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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