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Sunjata A West African Epic of the Mande People

Sunjata A West African Epic of the Mande People
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  • ISBN-13: 9780872206977
  • ISBN: 0872206971
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated

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Conrad, David C., Conrad, David C., Conde, Djanka Tassey

SUMMARY

A pillar of the West African oral tradition for centuries, this epic traces the adventures and achievements of the Mande hero, Sunjata, as he liberates his people from Sumaworo Kanté, the sorcerer king of Soso, and establishes the great medieval empire of Mali. David Conrad conveys the strong narrative thrust of the Sunjata epic in his presentation of substantial excerpts from his translation of a performance by Djanka Tassey Condé. Readers approaching the epic for the first time will appreciate the translation's highly readable, poetic English as well as Conrad's informative Introduction and notes. Scholars will find the familiar heroes and heroines taking on new dimensions, secondary characters gaining increased prominence, and previously unknown figures emerging from obscurity.Conrad, David C. is the author of 'Sunjata A West African Epic of the Mande People', published 2004 under ISBN 9780872206977 and ISBN 0872206971.

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