The Black Cloth: A Collection of African Folktales

The Black Cloth: A Collection of African Folktales

The Black Cloth: A Collection of African Folktales

The Black Cloth: A Collection of African Folktales

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Bernard Binlin Dadié, fiction writer, poet, dramatist, and the present minister of culture in the Ivory Coast, is well known in Africa and Europe but relatively unknown in the United States. Indeed, few of his works have appeared in English translation. Climbié (1956), his first long work of fiction, was translated and published in 1971; a translation of La Ville oú nul ne meurt (1968) is forthcoming from Three Continents Press. Selected poems and tales have appeared occasionally, usually in anthologies of African literature. . This situation, however, is changing. The African Literature Association delivered a special tribute to Dadié at its meeting in the spring of 1986, and Three Continents Press will soon publish a book of critical essays entitled Critical Perspectives on Bernard Binlin Dadié, edited by Janis A. Mayes. For fifty years Dadié has been a major voice in African-French literature, and the African Literature Association's tribute to him incidentally coincided with the writer's seventieth birthday.

Along with Birago Diop (Senegal), in French-speaking Africa Dadié has been considered a leading writer of folktales and responsible in . . .

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