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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User Review  - AlCracka - LibraryThing

Get the second edition! And watch the movie Keita: The Heritage of the Griot along with it. This is from some friend of Marieke's...good enough. Read full review

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User Review  - Kayla-Marie - LibraryThing

I enjoyed some aspects of the book, such as the magic/folktales. I was most interested in the first half of the book, when Sogolon (Sundiata's mother) is first introduced and the sections that talked ... Read full review


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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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