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Synopsis: In the years between the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960 and the Soweto Uprising of 1976—a period that was both the height of the apartheid system in South Africa and, in retrospect, the beginning of its end—Harold Scheub went to Africa to collect stories.
With tape-recorder and camera in hand, Scheub registered the testaments of Swati, Xhosa, Ndebele, and Zulu storytellers, farming people who lived in the remote reaches of rural South Africa. While young people fought in the streets of Soweto and South African writers made the world aware of apartheid’s evils, the rural storytellers resisted apartheid in their own way, using myth and metaphor to preserve their traditions and confront their oppressors. For more than 20 years, Scheub kept the promise he made to the storytellers to publish his translations of their stories only when freedom came to South Africa. The Tongue Is Fire presents these voices of South African oral tradition—the historians, the poets, the epic-performers, the myth-makers—documenting their enduring faith in the power of the word to sustain tradition in the face of determined efforts to distort or eliminate it. These texts are a tribute to the storytellers who have always, in periods of crisis, exercised their art to inspire their own people.
Review: Some stories are universal: a beautiful young girl is mistreated by her wicked stepmother and ugly stepsisters; a young man, guided by magical animals, embarks on a hero's quest to overthrow an evil king; a clever trickster fools his adversaries, garnering wealth and admiration in the process. In his study of South African storytelling, The Tongue Is Fire, Harold Scheub is a modern-day Brother Grimm, collecting Swati, Xhosa, Ndebele, and Zulu tales that have come down through centuries of a rich oral tradition. In addition to transcripts of the stories and poems, Professor Scheub includes biographies of the storytellers, the historical context of each tale, and interpretations of what these stories mean.
Between 1968 and 1976 Professor Scheub wandered the length and breadth of South Africa finding these stories; that he did not publish them until this year is the result of a promise he made to wait until apartheid was ended. The Tongue Is Fire provides a fascinating glimpse into the history and cultures of South Africa as filtered through the imagination of its peoples.
Title: The Tongue Is Fire: South African ...
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: 1996
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description The University Of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 1996. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. First Edition. BV5 - A first edition ex-library hardcover book in good condition that has library markings (labels, stamping, cardholder, etc.), some bumped corners, wrinkling and crease, lightly cocked, front free endpaper missing/cut out, some stains, light discoloration and shelf wear with no dust jacket. 9.25"x6.25", 448 pages. Satisfaction Guaranteed. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # EC38330BB
Book Description University of Wisconsin Press, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0299150909