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Product Details

  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers; 19.86 edition (Sept. 24 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872866300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872866300
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
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Fagunwa's language has a rolling energy that serves it well."-Rudi Dornemann, Rain Taxi

"Readers can only be grateful that Soyinka used his prison time to bring this important Yoruba novel into English."-Geoff Wisner, The Quarterly Conversation

About the Author

About D.O. Fagunwa

In 1938, entering a literary contest of the Nigerian education ministry, Daniel O. Fagunwa wrote Forest of a Thousand Daemons, one of the first novels to be written in any African language. Fagunwa was the first Nigerian writer to employ folk philosophy in telling his stories and his influence on Nigerian literature is profound, most notable in the works of Amos Tutuola.

Fagunwa studied at St. Luke's School and St. Andrew's College in Nigeria, before becoming a teacher himself. In 1959, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

He died in 1963 and remains the most widely-read Yoruba-language author.

About Translator Wole Soyinka

Akinwande Oluwole Wole" Soyinka is a Nigerian writer, notable especially as a playwright and poet; he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first person in Africa and the diaspora to be so honored.
Soyinka has remained active in Nigeria's political history and its struggle for independence from Great Britain. In 1967 during the Nigerian Civil War, he was arrested by the federal government of General Yakubu Gowon and put in solitary confinement for two years. It is there that he translated Forest of a Thousand Daemons.

Soyinka has taught at Cornell, Oxford, Harvard, Yale, and Emory University, where in 1996 he was appointed Robert W. Woodruff Professor of the Arts. With civilian rule restored to Nigeria in 1999, Soyinka returned to his nation.

About Illustrator Bruce Onobrakpeya

A world-renowned artist, Bruce Onobrakpeya is best known for his printmaking, painting and sculptures. He has exhibited at the Tate Modern in London, the National Museum of African Art of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Malmo Konsthall in Malmo, Sweden. In 1990 he participated in the 44th Venice Biennale where he received an honorable mention. He has received awards from the University of Ibadan, the Solidra Circle award, the Living Human Treasure Award given by UNESCO, and is the second winner of the prestigious Nigerian Creativity Award by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Its first winner was Chinua Achebe. Onobrakpeya is a founding member of the Society of Nigerian Artists.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa5a55eac) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
HASH(0xa62ddcfc) out of 5 stars A delightful, breathtaking journey into the biggest hunter's saga in the Yoruba literature Nov. 28 2015
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Wole Soyinka's 'Forest of A Thousand Daemons: A Hunter's Saga', is a marvelous translation of D.O Fagunwa's 'Ogboju Ode Ninu Igbo Irunmole', a bewitching literary journey into the vast, fantastical world of Yoruba mythology. The translator's deep understanding of the culture within which the action is set, and the sheer elegance of the language with which he sets it down, undoubtedly establish this translation as a major benchmark in literature. Read it.
HASH(0xa5a55ea0) out of 5 stars A great read. Missed some original phrases from the yourba ... May 18 2015
By Bimbo - Published on
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A great read. Missed some original phrases from the yourba copy. Not sure much could be given that yoruba is a much richer and descriptive language
HASH(0xa62dd8ac) out of 5 stars Favorite book! Nov. 5 2013
By Nike O. - Published on
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My boyfriend's favorite book & stories my Mom grew up hearing. Would love to have in in Yoruba the way it was originally written.
HASH(0xa5a44798) out of 5 stars Stunning book Feb. 25 2013
By Freddie - Published on
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This out of print book is fabulous...I have been looking for it and was amazed to find it in such brilliant condition
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HASH(0xa556f2d0) out of 5 stars A True Classic Aug. 20 2001
By Sunday Faluyi - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book contains a very interesting story and adventure of a West African Hunter in a dreadful forest, who eventually found the secret of lasting happiness and peace of mind. The author is Daniel Fagunwa. Wole Soyinka, a Nobelist translated the story. This book had 140 pages of jam-packed action.
The reader is easily swept away by many adventure of the heroic hunter in this book. The story is captivating, and emotion-ladden, and by the time the reader hit page 20, you wont feel like dropping the book until you finish reading it.
Although it contains some archaic thoughts about superstition and magic, it is a really good adventerous book I've read.