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Published by School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in London .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Keita, Soundiata, d. 1255.,
  • Mandingo poetry.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Other titlesEpic of Son-Jara. English & Mandingo.
Statement[edited by] Gordon Innes.
ContributionsInnes, Gordon, 1924-, Suso, Bamba., Kanute, Banna., Kanute, Dembo.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPL8491.7 .S8
The Physical Object
Pagination[7], 326 p. :
Number of Pages326
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL4934487M
ISBN 10072860003X
LC Control Number76361469

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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 Conrad conveys the strong narrative thrust of the Sunjata epic in his presentation of substantial excerpts from his translation. This short book is a translation of 2 tales about the early life of a major West African king, Sunjata Keita. The tales relate the same events, the childhood and accession to the throne of Sunjata. I think these different versions are actually transcriptions of performances by 2 Gambian griots (bards). The content is interesting but somewhat Cited by:   Sunjata book. Read 15 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Sunjata Keita was the founder of one of the greatest empires of Western Afr /5. Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali is a book written by D.T. Niane and G.D. Pickett translated it. Sundiata was first published in as Longman Africa Classic and then again in as Longman African Writers, and then revised in Sundiata origin is from an oral tradition, meaning it passed down orally from generation to generation/5.

Sunjata is an entertaining recitation of tales of daring and bravery that champion the Mande value of courage in the face of opposition. Scholars also note an emphasis on female characters and. 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 Conde. 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. The Sundiata Keita or Epic of Sundiata (also referred to as the Sundiata Epic or Sunjata Epic) / s ʊ n ˈ dʒ ɑː t ə / is an epic poem of the Malinke people that tells the story of the hero Sundiata Keita (died ), the founder of the Mali epic is an instance of oral tradition, going back to the 13th century and narrated by generations of griot poets or jeliw (djeli). Sunjata by David C. Conrad,Djanka Tassey Condé Book Resume: 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.

  Sunjata Keita was the founder of one of the greatest empires of Western Africa. These two epic accounts of his life portray a greedy, slow-witted child - said to have crawled until the age of seven - who grew up as prophecy foretold to become a mighty warrior, renowned for his bravery and superhuman : Penguin Publishing Group. Sunjata. Although it is not certain whether the memory of Sunjata had at that time already been shaped in the literary genre of the epic, it is beyond doubt that Ibn Battuta's Sunjata was the same Sunjata as recalled by pre-sent-day griots. Today, Sunjata is remembered in large parts of West Africa as the founder of "Mande" or "Manding.". Sunjata's mother, Sogolon, fears for his life and recommends that they go into exile in order to protect the family. Manding-Bory, Sunjata's half-brother and best friend, accompanies them. Crossing the Threshold: Sunjata, Sogolon, and Manding-Bory cross the Niger river and begin their long exile.   Conrad offers a great deal for students and instructors, with a solid Introduction which provides the context and history of the epic, a note on Mande nomenclature, maps, an epilogue, and a glossary of important names and terms. This is truly one-stop shopping for the Sunjata epic. I think Conrad's book will be a : Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.