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Title Sunjata : Gambian versions of the Mande epic by Bamba Suso and Banna Kanute / translated and annotated by Gordon Innes, with the assistance of Bakari Sidibe ; edited, with a new introduction and additional notes by Lucy Durán and Graham Furniss.

Publication Info. London : Penguin, 1999.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection Harmon  896.345 Su82s 1999    ---  Lib Use Only
Description 117 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 20 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Penguin classics
Note English translations originally published in Sunjata : three Mandinka versions. 1974.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages xxxii-xxxiv).
Contents Bamba Suso: Sunjata -- Banna Kanute: Sunjata -- Sunjata and associates -- Sumanguru and associates -- Map showing places mentioned in the texts.
Summary "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 strength. They describe how, with the help of his sister, who seduced their arch-enemy Sumanguru into revealing his secret powers, Sunjata defeated the Susu overlords and created the Mali Empire which would last for two centuries. Based on events from the early thirteenth century, these tales of heroism and magic are still celebrated across West Africa as part of a living epic oral tradition. These two versions of Sunjata's story are translations of live performances by two leading Gambian jalis (or bards). The first, by Bamba Suso, centres on the human relationships of the story while the second emphasizes the violent action and supernatural forces."--Back cover.
Subject Keita, Soundiata, -1255 -- Poetry.
Mandingo poetry -- Translations into English.
Gambia -- Folklore.
Keita, Soundiata, -1255 (OCoLC)fst01828207
Mandingo poetry. (OCoLC)fst01007511
Genre/Form Poetry. (OCoLC)fst01423828
Translations. (OCoLC)fst01423791
Folk poetry.
Added Author Innes, Gordon, 1924- translator.
Sidibe, B. K., translator.
Durán, Lucy, editor, writer of supplementary textual content.
Furniss, Graham, editor, writer of supplementary textual content.
Suso, Bamba. Sunjata. English.
Kanute, Banna. Sunjata. English.
Added Title Epic of Son-Jara. English.
ISBN 0140447369

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