The Village Witch Doctor and Other Stories
The Village Witch Doctor and Other Stories by Amos Tutuola finds the acclaimed Nigerian novelist creating a set of astonishing short stories from the folklore and myth of Yoruba society.
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Yoruba legend and culture were the source of much of Amos Tutuola’s writing and the stories collected here are no exception. They feature characters from folklore, archetypal figures from Yoruba society, supernatural or magical happenings, acute human observation and often a moral point. Their very titles – from ‘The Duckling Brothers and their Disobedient Sister’ to ‘Don’t Pay Bad for Bad’ – are evocative of a unique blend of tradition and imagination, which belongs to the same universal culture as Aesop and the Brothers Grimm.
Aesop and the Brothers Grimm may be kindred spirits of the Yoruba storytellers, who in their turn influenced this gifted Nigerian teller of tales.