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Sunjata (Penguin Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780140447361
ISBN10: 0140447369
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Famous across West! Africa from Guinea to the Gambia, through Mali and into Burkina Faso, the heroic exploits of Sunjata - based on events in the early thirteenth century - are still constantly being reinterpreted in many different media.<P>Sunjata started life as a gluttonous and slow-witted child, but went on to become a celebrated warrior, who defeated the Susu overlords and founded the great Mali empire, which lasted two centuries. Equally crucial was the role of his sister Nene Faamaga, who seduced his archenemy Sumanguru into revealing the secret magical powers which made him invulnerable.<P>These stories remain central to the culture of the Mande-speaking peoples. This book brings together translations of live performances by two leading Gambian jalis (or bards). Where Banna Kanute's exciting version is all about violent action, supernatural forces and the struggle for mastery, Bamba Suso uses far more dialogue to reveal his insight into human relationships. A map, notes and lists of characters (many of whom have several names) help non-specialists gain access to one of the major epic traditions of Afr

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"Sunjata" is an African aural epic which details the exploits of its hero as he defeats his greatest adversary, and establishes himself as master of a growing empire. This edition contains two renditions of the tale which have been transcribed and translated from by African Grigots.

Synopsis:

Sunjata is a major African oral epic which details the exploits of its eponymous hero who started life as a gluttonous and slow-witted child and went on to defeat his greatest adversary and establish himself as master of the growing Mali empire. The tale remains central to the culture of the Mande-speaking peoples. This Penguin Classics edition contains two very different renditions of the tale, which have been transcribed and then translated from live performances by African Griots or bards.

This edition is fully edited, with an introduction, explanatory notes, maps and chronological trees.

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Stacia V, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by Stacia V)
Sunjata is basically the story about the beginnings of the Malian empire in the early 1300s, as founded by the great warrior Sunjata.

Bamba Suso & Banna Kanute were both griots (or jalis); griots are West African storytellers. Both griots (Bamba Suso & Banna Kanute) were studied in 1970 by Gordon Innes, who watched/transcribed/tried to translate the oral story into a printed form. Apparently, Bamba Suso's style was more straightforward & direct storytelling, while Banna Kanute was more of a performer using varied music & song styles with each retelling.

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"These stories remain central to the culture of the Mande-speaking peoples. This book brings together translations of live performances by two leading Gambian jalis (or bards). Where Banna Kanute's version is all about violent action, supernatural forces and the struggle for mastery, Bamba Suso uses far more dialogue to reveal his insight into human relationships."

I loved this book & found it magnificent as all epic tales tend to be. I completely enjoyed reading all the notes & info about griots, the oral traditions of West Africa, heading down rabbit trails, & reading two different versions of the Sunjata story as presented in this book. Well worth your time.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140447361
Translator:
Innes, Gordon
Editor:
Duran, Lucy
Translator:
Innes, Gordon
Author:
Furniss
Author:
Innes, Gordon
Author:
Graham
Author:
Duran, Lucy
Author:
Suso, Bamba
Author:
Furniss, Graham
Author:
Kanute, Banna
Author:
Duran, Lucy
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
African
Subject:
Gambia
Subject:
Keita, Soundiata
Subject:
Mandingo poetry.
Subject:
Mandingo
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
New ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
888
Publication Date:
20000531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.72x5.00x.40 in. .26 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , "Sunjata" is an African aural epic which details the exploits of its hero as he defeats his greatest adversary, and establishes himself as master of a growing empire. This edition contains two renditions of the tale which have been transcribed and translated from by African Grigots.
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Sunjata is a major African oral epic which details the exploits of its eponymous hero who started life as a gluttonous and slow-witted child and went on to defeat his greatest adversary and establish himself as master of the growing Mali empire. The tale remains central to the culture of the Mande-speaking peoples. This Penguin Classics edition contains two very different renditions of the tale, which have been transcribed and then translated from live performances by African Griots or bards.

This edition is fully edited, with an introduction, explanatory notes, maps and chronological trees.

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