Favorite African Folktales

Favorite African Folktales, edited by Nelson Mandela, from W.W. Norton, ISBN 0393052125. The vibrant tradition of African folktales-an oral heritage that predates Ovid and Aesop-is long and varied, but to date it has been largely overlooked in the West. Nelson Mandela selected 32 stories, many of them translated from their original tongues, to show the seminal role of African folklore in world literature. These fables represent a veritable bible of stores universal in their portrayal of humanity, beasts and the mystical.