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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. Click on map for a larger display; the map source is the Yale University Library In the novel “L’étrange destin de Wangrin ou les roueries d’un interprète africain”. The Fortunes of Wangrin. Translated by Aina. Pavolini Taylor. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. pp. Cloth. $, ISBN

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Every single story was told by the people in question or by someone in their circle, either griot, houseboy, or friend.

The Fortunes of Wangrin

As a punishment, the governor appointed him to Ouagadougou with the role he later described as that of “an essentially precarious and revocable temporary writer”. 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.

A short note to the style and writing: Anonymous May 15, at 6: He is also an operator, working both the colonial French and his own people. To ask other readers questions about The Fortunes of Wangrinplease sign up.

Some educated Africans manage to find their way through that conflict, while others are lost in it. Et sur la colonisation. One cannot be objective, as a writer, when writing about a topic.

The good and the bad should and can be separated and discussed.

The Fortunes of Wangrin

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The firtunes suits the story brilliantly. 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.

I certainly recommend pf book. Wangrin is a fascinating character. His ideas and the stuff he wants to say are great and important, but the way he presents them is not on a high level, it is out-dated and is no match for some of the best writers of his time.

Have a look at the latest post — this is the first time I took out a paragraph and tried to dissect it, comparing two writers, a good one and a bad one, in my opinion.

The fortunes of Wangrin

Whatever forces, traditional or colonial, that shaped him, he is, above all, a very human rogue. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours.

The piece is called, you would never guess: It is certainly possible to present things in a more and in a less objective manner. Writing is not much different, I think. And this is what happens when a person is aggressive in the face of Destiny: For this book I said it is not real fortunfs because it is a caricature.


I read this book a very long time ago, and remember being amused by it, but not impressed. This is dortunes over the decades the relationship between the colonialists and the colonized was an increasingly complex one, a love-hate condition that was marked by lack of understanding and insufficient communication.

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Again, I believe that objectivity in writing depends on what we are trying to achieve, and on the type of document. He is funny, outrageous, corrupt, traditional, and memorable. Advanced Search Find a Library.

Like “Casablanca” with intrigue, romance and an unexpected turn of events. Thanks for reviewing this book. The Storm Breaks 7. The book does take place in West Africa, of course. Receive email notifications on new books and special sales.

Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold fortunfs item Undeniably, there are great parts in it.

Many of the stories about Wangrin are drawn from oral sources, but in the hands of the gifted veteran Malian scholar and writer wanrgin materials become transformed through the power of artistic imagination and license. It is a wonderful introduction to colonial rule as experienced by Africans, and in particular, to the rule of African middlemen. To use a television analogy, it is more like a dramatisation of real events than a documentary.

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