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The Silence of the Hippo

African Folktales Told by Children (Life)

David Böhm (Adapted by)


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The African imagination unmercifully breaks down European preconceptions of what a folktale is supposed to look like.

Poetic, somewhat absurd, and in some places dark - such are the short folktales in this book. Most of them come out of traditional African folklore, as reimagined by child storytellers, with a rather distinctive flavor.

These stories came into the hands of the Czech artist David B hm in the suitcase of his sister Terezie as a stack of student essays from a small Central African school. Retelling these kids' stories in comic format, B hm creates a singularly refreshing graphic adaptation for adults.

Centrala, 9781912278060, 64pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2020