Favorite African Folktales

Favorite African Folktales


By (author) Nelson Mandela

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 125mm x 198mm x 18mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393326241
  • ISBN 13: 9780393326246
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 110,122

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What is particularly exciting about this book is that many of the stories, in their oral form, are almost as old as Africa itself. Most of them were, in fact, first told in various African tongues around evening fires in centuries past--tales from, for example, the San and the Khoi, the original hunter-gatherers and livestock herders of Southern Africa. Translated into English and other European languages chiefly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from their original languages--be they Karanga, Nguni, Xhosa, or one of many others--these folktales are a testament to the craft of storytelling and the power of myth. Accompanied by dozens of enchanting, specially commissioned color paintings, Favorite African Folktales--culled from African countries as far-flung as Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya--presents a fountain of precious knowledge that will be treasured by children, as well as adults, for years to come.

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"Nelson Mandela's favorite stories have become the common property of us all."