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Folktales from the Gambia: Wolof Fictional Narratives

edited and translated by Emil Magel
ISBN: 978-0-89410-221-9
1984/208 pages


These translations of 45 Wolof folktales are remarkable for the way they capture the poignancy, humor, and meaning of their original, oral form. Organized according to their thematic patterns, the stories reveal much about the Wolof people’s relationship with their environment, their beliefs about causality, and their social values, morality, and customs. Including a general introduction and Dr. Magel’s expert annotations, this collection makes fascinating, accessible reading, even for those who have no training in African history and literature.


Emil Magel is a professor at Kentucky State University.