Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales


By (author) Nelson Mandela

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 254mm x 264mm x 13mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 22 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393329909
  • ISBN 13: 9780393329902
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 125,475

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In these beloved stories we meet a Kenyan lion named Simba, a snake with seven heads, and tricksters from Zulu folklore; we hear the voices of the scheming hyena, and we learn from a Khoi fable how animals acquired their tails and horns. Creation myths tell us how the land, its animals, and its people all came into existence under a punishing sun or against the backdrop of a spectacularly beautiful mountain landscape. Whether warning children about the dangers of disobedience or demonstrating that the underdog can, and often does, win, these stories, through their depiction of wise animals as well as evil monsters, are universal in their portrayal of humanity, beasts, and the mystical. Translated from their original languages Karanga, Nguni, Xhosa, and many others these folktales are a testament to the craft of storytelling and the power of myth.

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