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The Palm-Wine Drinkard

Amos Tutuola

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

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Brief, thronged, grisly and bewitching.

Dylan Thomas, Observer
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Tutuola's art conceals - or rather clothes - his purpose, as all good art must do.

Chinua Achebe
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That mythic dimension is what I'm most interested in - the way [Tutuola] blends the supernatural world seamlessly with the human reality.

Chigozie Obioma, Financial Times
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Salon

Amos Tutuola was born in Abeokuta, Nigeria, in 1920. The son of a cocoa farmer, he attended several schools before training as a blacksmith. He later worked as a civil servant. His first novel, The Palm-Wine Drinkard, was published in 1952 and brought him international recognition. From 1956 until retirement, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Company while continuing to…

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