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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Wangrin is a fascinating character. You may send this item to up to five recipients. Bara Bouh rated it really liked it Jan 30, I believe a certain level of objectivity can be attained, depending on the type of writing, and on the purpose of the frtunes.

You talked about the subjectivity of perception — it is a discussion along those lines and goes in the direction of philosophy, which is not something that I feel competent at discussing at length.

Oku Dotwana rated it it was amazing Oct 13, Un conte africain assez divertissant en fin de compte! I think writing comes from a place of procedural ownership; a translation of the alien to the deeply personal and then the publicly expressed.

Which he did, enriching himself in the process.

Amadou Hampaté Bâ: The Fortunes of Wangrin (1973.)

He is not the only African author wzngrin use an oral story-telling style; he does use it better than others I have read. Skip to services menu. English View all editions and formats. Your rating has been recorded. Pay attention to the particular details about how writing and orality becomes both his path to glory and his downfall. As a fiction writer one does not even try it, as a scientific writer or a journalist one does, but it is nearly impossible.


Jun 09, Harry Rutherford rated it really liked it Shelves: Inhe ran away from school and rejoined his mother at Kati, where he resumed his studies.

The fortunes of Wangrin

A Cumbersome Turban That is why I am doing this blog. Aug 31, Val rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 foetunes no match ot some of the best writers of his time. Such a man was Wangrin. How can documented reality be objective if our perception of it inexorably remains subjective? This is not real writing, not in this or last century — not in my opinion at least.

Fredpresso rated it really liked it Feb 09, More than anything else it is a book on early colonialism. He is also an operator, working both the colonial French and his own people.

Preview this item Preview this item. Jan 12, Elisabeth rated it really liked it. Two Birds with One Stone The stories about Wangrin are drawn from oral sources, but in the hands of this gifted writer these materials become transformed wangdin the power of artistic imagination and license. The specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied.

The Fortunes of Wangrin

I would like to give this book 4. Writing is not much different, I wangrn. True, to make money, he was ready to play the most outrageous tricks, but always to the detriment of colonizers, local chiefs, or rich traders, for he considered them exploiters of the peasant masses.

Wangrin touched and improved hundreds of lives in his journey through Elias Khoury’s tunnel between two deaths Gate of the Sun while John Williams’ Stoner touched no one.


Linked Data More info about Linked Data. Aina Pavolini Taylor Translator. More important, it will lead us to recognize our common humanity as we laugh at, suffer with and eventually give thanks for the instructive life of Wangrin. I read this book a very long time ago, and remember being wanngrin by it, but not impressed.

He is funny, outrageous, corrupt, traditional, and memorable. Notify me of new comments via email.

English View all editions and formats Rating: The fortunes of Wangrin Author: Biography History Additional Physical Format: His position between the French and the Africans makes this book a fascinating look into the functioning of colonial life; one of the more striking things for me was how thin the layer of bureaucracy seems to have been: One cannot be objective, as a writer, when writing about a topic.

If the reader only reads the story and skips the forward and afterward, he or she will likely leave the reading missing the entire point of the story.

Please see the post for details. Jul 27, Marcia Letaw rated it it was amazing.

The Fortunes of Wangrin by Amadou Hampâté Bâ

The Fortunes of Wangrin is a classic in Franchophone African literature. Feel free to read around the blog and comment all posts deal with attempts to define why is a piece of writing good or not. Madame “Good Offices” Inhe took a six month leave to visit Tierno Bokar, his spiritual leader. The E-mail Address es field is required. Dear freestories, thanks a million for your great post.