Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali (Paperback)

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Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali By D.T. Niane, G.D. Pickett (Translated by) Cover Image
By D.T. Niane, G.D. Pickett (Translated by)


Part history, part legend, this is the story of Sundiata Keita: the heroic figure who founded the empire of Mali. A thirteenth-century oral epic, Sundiata sees the full-length tale captured in print for the first time.

This is Sundiata, the epic tale of a man 'great among kings' who, through his legendary deeds and exploits, came to father an empire. For over 800 years, this story has been passed down to generations of listeners through spoken word.

D.T. Niane's novelisation captures all the mystery and majesty of medieval African kingship. This ambitious story ranks alongside the Ancient Greek and Roman classics as one of the world's great adventure stories.

About the Author

Djibril Tamsir Niane was a historian, playwright, and short-story writer born in 1932 in Conakry, Guinea.

Niane graduated from the University of Bordeaux in France and was made an honorary professor of Howard University and the University of Tokyo. He also taught at Institut Polytechnique de Conakry before joining the Basic Institute of Black Africa in Dakar, Senegal.

Niane died in 2021.

Translated from French by G.D. Pickett.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781035905997
ISBN-10: 103590599X
Publisher: Apollo
Publication Date: November 12th, 2024
Pages: 176
Language: English