ISBN 9780620731041
Pages 358
Dimensions 234 x 156 mm
Published 2017
Publisher African Sun Press, South Africa
Format Paperback

The Man who Cursed the Wind

and other stories from the Karoo

by José Manuel de Prada-Samper

This is a selection of tales gathered in Afrikaans from present-day Karoo storytellers. They animate the harsh but beautiful landscape with lively characters like cunning Jackal, silly Hyena, dangerous Water Snake and the sinister Foot-Eyes. Such tales were first documented among |xam hunter-gatherers in the 1870s by Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd. Unexpectedly they have survived, affirming a strong and continuing tradition of oral storytelling in South Africa. They're presented here with English translation.

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“A revolution in the concepts of Bushman traditions and a gem of Southern African oral literature.”

Sigrid Schmidt, Folklorist

“This is a treasure of tales thought long-forgotten, but found to be alive and well among Karoo storytellers.”

Don Pinnock, Historian

“This book is testimony to the tenacity of stories to endure. It honours centuries of live storytelling in the Karoo while bringing to print the vibrant tradition of San verbal art.”

Marlene Winberg, Writer and Storyteller

“A revelation, with far reaching implications for the way the literature, culture and history of the region are understood.”

Michael Wessels, University of the Western Cape, Author of Bushman Letters

“A real milestone. A terrific achievement.“

John Parkington, Emeritus Professor, UCT
About the Author

José Manuel de Prada-Samper

José Manuel de Prada-Samper is a renowned, well-published Spanish folklorist and translator. He came across the Bleek and Lloyd Collection in the late 1980s and since then has been researching the history and culture of people living in the Karoo. His most recent work, written with other scholars, On the Trail of Qing and Orpen, was published in 2016. At present, he is a Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town. He lives in Barcelona, Spain with his wife, Helena Cuesta, who is a professional storyteller.