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The Fortunes of Wangrin

Amadou Hampaté Bâ [note special accents on the "e" in Hampate and "a" Ba not correctly reproduced here--see ms.]

Translated by Aina Pavolini Taylor with an Introduction by F. Abiola Irele

Winner of the Grand Prix Litteraire de l'Afrique Noire

"I think this is perhaps the best African novel on colonialism and it draws very richly on various modes of oral literature." --Ralph Austen, University of Chicago

"It is a wonderful introduction to colonial rule as experienced by Africans, and in particular, to the rule of African middlemen." --Martin A. Klein, University of Toronto

"The Fortunes of Wangrin is not only a wonderful novel by one of Africa's most renowned intellectuals, it is also literally filled with information about French colonization and its impact on traditional African societies, African resistance and collaboration to colonization, the impact of French education in Africa, and a host of other subjects of interest." --Francois Manchuelle, New York University

Wangrin is a rogue and an operator, hustling both the colonial French and his own people. He is funny, outrageous, corrupt, traditional, and memorable. Bâ's book bridges the chasm between oral and written literature. The stories about Wangrin are drawn from oral sources, but in the hands of this gifted writer these materials become transformed through the power of artistic imagination and license.

The Fortunes of Wangrin is a classic in Franchophone African literature.

Amadou Hampaté Bâ was a distinguished Malian poet and scholar of African oral tradition and precolonial history.

Aina Pavolini Taylor is an independent translator with wide experience of Africa, now living and working in Italy.

F. Abiola Irele is a professor in the Department of Black Studies at Ohio State University.

Synopsis:

The Fortunes of Wangrin

Amadou Hampat B note specialaccents on the e in Hampate and a Ba not correctly reproduced here — seems.]

Translated by Aina Pavolini Taylor with an Introduction by F. AbiolaIrele

Winner of the Grand Prix Litteraire de l'Afrique Noire

I think this is perhaps the best African novel on colonialismand it draws very richly on various modes of oral literature. — Ralph Austen, University of Chicago

It is a wonderful introduction to colonialrule as experienced by Africans, and in particular, to the rule of Africanmiddlemen. — Martin A. Klein, University of Toronto

TheFortunes of Wangrin is not only a wonderful novel by one of Africa's most renownedintellectuals, it is also literally filled with information about Frenchcolonization and its impact on traditional African societies, African resistance andcollaboration to colonization, the impact of French education in Africa, and a hostof other subjects of interest. — Francois Manchuelle, New YorkUniversity

Wangrin is a rogue and an operator, hustling both thecolonial French and his own people. He is funny, outrageous, corrupt, traditional, and memorable. B 's book bridges the chasm between oral and written literature. Thestories about Wangrin are drawn from oral sources, but in the hands of this giftedwriter these materials become transformed through the power of artistic imaginationand license.

The Fortunes of Wangrin is a classic in FranchophoneAfrican literature.

Amadou Hampat B was a distinguished Malianpoet and scholar of African oral tradition and precolonialhistory.

Aina Pavolini Taylor is an independent translator withwide experience of Africa, now living and working in Italy.

F.Abiola Irele is a professor in the Department of Black Studies at Ohio StateUniversity.

Synopsis:

Wangrin is a rogue and an operator, hustling both the colonial French and his own people. He is funny, outrageous, corrupt, traditional, and memorable. Just as Wangrin is a representative character at a time of transition, Hampate Ba's book bridges the chasm between oral and written literature. The stories about Wangrin are drawn from traditional oral sources, but through the power of the artistic imagination of this gifted writer, the materials have been transformed into something wonderful and new.

About the Author

Amadou Hampaté BÂ was a distinguished Malian poet and scholar of African oral tradition and precolonial history.

Aina Pavolini Taylor is an independent translator with wide experience of Africa, now living and working in Italy.

F. Abiola Irele is a professor in the Department of Black Studies at Ohio State University.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Overture

1. The Birth

2. Diagaramba

3. First Confrontation

4. The Beginning of a Career

5. Where the Calamities of Some...

6. The Storm Breaks

7. The Count's Messenger

8. The Trial

9. The Donkey Who Drank Honey

10. Romo's Son and Beautiful Pugubila

11. The Death of a Great Chief and What Came Out of It

12. The Ambush

13. The Calamitous Bird's Eggs

14. A Cumbersome Turban

15. Where Each Gets His Due

16. The Dream of the Fulbe Shepherdess

17. Pretty Much in the Lion's Jaws

18. Where Wangrin is Off Once Again to a Good Start

19. A Profitable Pledge

20. The Reconversion

21. An Elephant's Tale

22. A Disquieting Arrival

23. Pretty Doe of the Markets

24. Two Birds with One Stone

25. A Narrow Escape

26.... In Which Romo Keeps His Promise...and Wangrin His

27. A Souvenir That Bears Wangrin's Trademark

28. First Warning: The Hausa Geomancer

29. Madame White-White

30. Second and Third Warnings: A Fatal Oversight and the Sacred Python

31. Madame "Good Offices"

32. The Irreparable Loss

33. Last Warning: The Dove with a Black Ring Circling Half Her Neck

34. Philosopher Tramp

35. The Three Bloods and Death

36. Adieu

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253212269
Translator:
Taylor, Aina P.
Introduction:
Irele, F. Abiola
Translator:
Taylor, Aina P.
Author:
B?, Amadou Hampat
Author:
Ba, Amadou Hampate
Author:
Taylor, Aina P.
Author:
Irele, F. Abiola
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Wangrin
Subject:
Wangrin - Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Africa; African Studies; Fiction; Folklore and Myth; History; Literature; Literature and Literary Studies
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.67 in

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"Synopsis" by , The Fortunes of Wangrin

Amadou Hampat B note specialaccents on the e in Hampate and a Ba not correctly reproduced here — seems.]

Translated by Aina Pavolini Taylor with an Introduction by F. AbiolaIrele

Winner of the Grand Prix Litteraire de l'Afrique Noire

I think this is perhaps the best African novel on colonialismand it draws very richly on various modes of oral literature. — Ralph Austen, University of Chicago

It is a wonderful introduction to colonialrule as experienced by Africans, and in particular, to the rule of Africanmiddlemen. — Martin A. Klein, University of Toronto

TheFortunes of Wangrin is not only a wonderful novel by one of Africa's most renownedintellectuals, it is also literally filled with information about Frenchcolonization and its impact on traditional African societies, African resistance andcollaboration to colonization, the impact of French education in Africa, and a hostof other subjects of interest. — Francois Manchuelle, New YorkUniversity

Wangrin is a rogue and an operator, hustling both thecolonial French and his own people. He is funny, outrageous, corrupt, traditional, and memorable. B 's book bridges the chasm between oral and written literature. Thestories about Wangrin are drawn from oral sources, but in the hands of this giftedwriter these materials become transformed through the power of artistic imaginationand license.

The Fortunes of Wangrin is a classic in FranchophoneAfrican literature.

Amadou Hampat B was a distinguished Malianpoet and scholar of African oral tradition and precolonialhistory.

Aina Pavolini Taylor is an independent translator withwide experience of Africa, now living and working in Italy.

F.Abiola Irele is a professor in the Department of Black Studies at Ohio StateUniversity.

"Synopsis" by , Wangrin is a rogue and an operator, hustling both the colonial French and his own people. He is funny, outrageous, corrupt, traditional, and memorable. Just as Wangrin is a representative character at a time of transition, Hampate Ba's book bridges the chasm between oral and written literature. The stories about Wangrin are drawn from traditional oral sources, but through the power of the artistic imagination of this gifted writer, the materials have been transformed into something wonderful and new.
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