The Palm-Wine Drinkard
A stunning reissue of Amos Tutuola’s debut novel The Palm-Wine Drinkard, first published by Faber in 1952, along with the release of Tutuola’s complete works into ebook for the first time.
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This classic novel tells the phantasmagorical story of an alcoholic man and his search for his dead palm-wine tapster. As he travels through the land of the dead, he encounters a host of supernatural and often terrifying beings – among them the complete gentleman who returns his body parts to their owners and the insatiable hungry-creature. Mixing Yoruba folktales with what T. S. Eliot described as a ‘creepy crawly imagination’, The Palm-Wine Drinkard is regarded as the seminal work of African literature.
‘Brief, thronged, grisly and bewitching.’ Dylan Thomas, Observer
‘Tutuola’s art conceals – or rather clothes – his purpose, as all good art must do.’ Chinua Achebe
Brief, thronged, grisly and bewitching.
Tutuola's art conceals - or rather clothes - his purpose, as all good art must do.
That mythic dimension is what I'm most interested in - the way [Tutuola] blends the supernatural world seamlessly with the human reality.
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