THE VIBRANT TRADITION of African folktales--an oral heritage that predates Ovid and Aesop--is long and varied, but to date it has been largely overlooked in the West. Aware of this gap, Nelson Mandela selected thirty-two stories, many of them translated from their original tongues, to show the seminal role of African folklore in world literature. We meet tricksters from Zulu folklore; we hear the voices of the scheming hyena and learn from a Khoi fable how animals acquired their tails and horns. These fables present a veritable bible of stories "universal in their portrayal of humanity, beasts and the mystical."
"Nelson Mandela's favorite stories have become the common property of us all."
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 13 - 17 years old
For Grades: 8 - 12
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 17th November 2004
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.8 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.2