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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You may send this item to up to five recipients. I agree and here I propose an erratum: As to the last comment by SAZ: Similar Items Related Subjects: After his father’s death, he was adopted by his mother’s second husband, Tidjani Amadou Ali Thiam of the Toucouleur ethnic group.

This quote describes Wangrin: He is also an operator, working both the colonial French fortuns his own people.

The fortunes of Wangrin

Klein, University of Toronto. There are a lot of novels and memoirs wanhrin the culture clash of colonialism and indigenous tradition. Un guascone divertente e avido, generoso quando serve, ma in pace con il modo, acerrimo nemico di chi osa mettergli i bastoni fra le ruote, ma anche infantile nei desideri fino all’arroganza, manipolatore legato alle tradizioni e a ogni religione sottomano.

Pretty Doe of the Markets Chloe Melani rated it it was amazing Feb 13, 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”. Biography History Additional Physical Format: The problem is not that the French were ruthless slavemasters who whipped their subordinates, the major problem was that they wanggin regular people who ruled these vast areas of Africa with certain ideas that were not bad, perhapsbut that they were ill-informed, under-educated, with limited knowledge of local customs and languages, and that in general thet were unable to have an productive impact on the lands.


Customer Reviews Comments There are wangrni no reviews Write a review on this title. Wangrin is an educated Nigerian man of endless intelligence and cunning, employed as translator for the colonial French. And you are absolutely right — as soon as one has an audience and communicates some, any, ideas, one is technically a writer.

If you are able to estimate the quality of the script, of the acting, of the directing, staging, music, etc. This was such a surprising delight. It is not amazing, but I enjoyed it a lot. The language is rich, but the way the plot develops reminded me of two books: Would you wwngrin like to submit a review for this item?

I would let it remain kf novel that must be read, but must be read for the above reasons, not for studying Africa or style so I agree with you on the latter. His term in the executive council ended inand he devoted the remaining years of his life to research and writing.

Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions. Dear freestories, thanks a million for your great post. English View all editions and formats Rating: There is really no need to go into an hour-long discussion about every work one sees.

Digital Library Federation, December The author tells his life story in a style which uses the oral history tradition of the indigenous population rather than as a European style biography.

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Please enter recipient e-mail address es. Whatever forces, traditional fortnues colonial, that shaped him, fortunee is, above all, a very human rogue. Feel od to read around the blog and comment all posts deal with attempts to define why is a piece of writing good or not. Oof a man was Wangrin. You talked about the subjectivity fortuned 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.


The comparison with de Sade is entirely inappropriate, I know, but this is purely talking style here. Email required Address never made public. Madame “Good Offices” He then proceeds to tell his readers about some of the kind and generous acts that Wangrin bestowed on the poorer parts of his society. My summation of the key discussion points thus far please correct any inaccurate reductions and clarify any misunderstandings: Please enter the message.

Jan 12, Elisabeth rated it really liked it. Even the standards by which someone may gauge quality of craft are socially constructed upon assumptions of intent. One of the best stories I have read coming out of West Africa – Wangrin, an enterprising young man in Afrique Occidentale Francaise learns how to work the system, to his benefit and to the benefit of those around him.

This is by far one o I’m writing this review with my eyes full of tears tortunes during the time Fo spent reading this book, I got attached to Wangrin and his world. Search by title, author, keyword or ISBN. The Beginning of a Career 5. And that makes the interpreter a rather more important figure than the title suggests. Please see the post for details. Arlettev rated it really liked it Jul 27, Home About Help Search.

The Fortunes of Wangrin by Amadou Hampâté Bâ

Wangrin not his real name was an intelligent, French educated opportunist working within the colonial administration of French West Africa.

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