Poetry Madness
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | April 11, 2014

Paul Laudiero: IMG Shit Rough Draft



I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
  1. $9.07 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$10.95
List price: $16.00
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Travel Writing- General

More copies of this ISBN

This title in other editions

The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief (Vintage International)

by

The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief (Vintage International) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Like all of V. S. Naipauls “travel” books, The Masque of Africa encompasses a much larger narrative and purpose: to judge the effects of belief (in indigenous animisms, the foreign religions of Christianity and Islam, the cults of leaders and mythical history) upon the progress of civilization.

From V. S. Naipaul: “For my travel books I travel on a theme. And the theme of The Masque of Africa is African belief. I begin in Uganda, at the center of the continent, do Ghana and Nigeria, the Ivory Coast and Gabon, and end at the bottom of the continent, in South Africa. My theme is belief, not political or economical life; and yet at the bottom of the continent the political realities are so overwhelming that they have to be taken into account.

“Perhaps an unspoken aspect of my inquiry was the possibility of the subversion of old Africa by the ways of the outside world. The theme held until I got to the South, when the clash of the two ways of thinking and believing became far too one-sided. The skyscrapers of Johannesburg didnt rest on sand. The older world of magic felt fragile, but at the same time had an enduring quality. You felt that it would survive any calamity.

“I had expected that over the great size of Africa the practices of magic would significantly vary. But they didnt. The diviners everywhere wanted to ‘throw the bones to read the future, and the idea of ‘energy remained a constant, to be tapped into by the ritual sacrifice of body parts. In South Africa body parts, mainly of animals, but also of men and women, made a mixture of ‘battle medicine. To witness this, to be given some idea of its power, was to be taken far back to the beginning of things.

“To reach that beginning was the purpose of my book.”

The Masque of Africa is a masterly achievement by one of the worlds keenest observers and one of its greatest writers.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

A remarkable work of reportage by Nobel Prize Laureate V. S. Naipaul that surveys belief and religion among the disparate peoples of Africa.

 

Like all of Naipaul’s “travel” books, The Masque of Africa encompasses a much larger narrative and purpose: to judge the effects of belief (in indigenous animisms, the foreign religions of Christianity and Islam, the cults of leaders and mythical history) upon the progress of civilization. It is a masterly achievement by one of the world’s keenest observers and one of its greatest writers.

About the Author

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After four years at University College, Oxford, he began to write, and since then has followed no other profession. He has published thirty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, A Turn in the South and a collection of letters, Between Father and Son. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307454997
Author:
Naipaul, V S
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Naipaul, V. S.
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
World History-Africa
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.99 x 5.15 x 0.72 in 0.56 lb

Other books you might like

  1. Every Man Dies Alone Used Trade Paper $6.50
  2. The Golden Notebook (P.S.) Used Trade Paper $10.00
  3. The Commoner (Vintage Contemporaries)
    Used Trade Paper $3.95
  4. Knocking on Heaven's Door: How...
    Used Hardcover $9.50
  5. That Used to Be Us: How America Fell...
    Used Hardcover $6.50

Related Subjects

Featured Titles » History and Social Science
History and Social Science » Africa » General
History and Social Science » World History » Africa
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » World Religions » Essays
Travel » Africa » General
Travel » Travel Writing » Africa and Middle East
Travel » Travel Writing » General

The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief (Vintage International) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$10.95 In Stock
Product details 256 pages Vintage Books - English 9780307454997 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A remarkable work of reportage by Nobel Prize Laureate V. S. Naipaul that surveys belief and religion among the disparate peoples of Africa.

 

Like all of Naipaul’s “travel” books, The Masque of Africa encompasses a much larger narrative and purpose: to judge the effects of belief (in indigenous animisms, the foreign religions of Christianity and Islam, the cults of leaders and mythical history) upon the progress of civilization. It is a masterly achievement by one of the world’s keenest observers and one of its greatest writers.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.