An anthology of African tales which are stunning in the insight they give to Muslem comic wisdom. Not only are these stories...

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THE SULTAN'S FOOL And Other North African Tales

An anthology of African tales which are stunning in the insight they give to Muslem comic wisdom. Not only are these stories engrossing in the tales they tell, but they contain that pithy, humorous approach to the human state, an attitude strongly manifest in Arabic picaresque literature and in Western works such as Don Quixote, which avowedly were influenced by this literary strain. Man and the world are turned upside down, and in the extreme moment of absurdity, an essential quality is revealed--humanity: imperfect, striving, and dazed by self absorption. A unique introduction to this little explored field of fiction, a refreshing counterpoint to the fairy-tale world of unrelieved evil and superlative virtue.

Pub Date: Nov. 17, 1958

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Publisher: Holt

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1958