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The Palm-Wine Drinkard

Amos Tutuola

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ISBN
9780571311545
Date Published
01.07.2014
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Summary

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

AmosTutuola

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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