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The Silence of the Hippo. Black Folktales

The imagination of the Black Continent unmercifully breaks down our European preconception of what a folktale is supposed to look like.

£ 13.00

245 x 330 mm
64 pages
Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-912278-06-0
Series Life
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Product Description

The imagination of the Black Continent unmercifully breaks down our European preconception of what a folktale is supposed to look like.

Poetic, somewhat absurd and in some places dark – such are the short folktales of this book. Most of them come out of traditional African folklore though, in the rendition of children storytellers, with a rather distinctive flavor.

The texts arrived into the hands of the Czech artist David Böhm, in the suitcase of his sister Terezie as a stack of student essays from a small Central African school. The imagination of the Black Continent unmercifully breaks down our European preconception of what a folktale is supposed to look like.

Somewhat shocking to children, it is a singularly refreshing comic strip for adults.