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Adventures in Africa

by Adria Bernardi

  • ISBN: 9780226099552
  • ISBN10: 0226099555

Adventures in Africa

by Adria Bernardi

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 11/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780226099552
  • ISBN10: 0226099555
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Description: In 1997 the celebrated Italian novelist and essayist Gianni Celati accompanied his friend, filmmaker Jean Talon, on a journey to West Africa which took them from Mali to Senegal and Mauritania. The two had been hoping to research a documentary about Dogon priests, but frustrated by red tape, their voyage became instead a touristic adventure. The vulnerable, prickly, insightful Celati kept notebooks of the journey, now translated by Adria Bernardi as Adventures in Africa. Celati is the privileged traveler, overwhelmed by customs he doesn't understand, always at the mercy of others who are trying to sell him something he doesn't want to buy, and aware of himself as the Tourist who is always a little disoriented and at the center of the continual misadventures that are at the heart of travel.

Celati's book is both a travelogue in the European tradition and a trenchant meditation on what it means to be a tourist. He learns to surrender to the chaos of West Africa and, in the process, produces a work of touching and comic descriptions in the lucid and ironic prose that is his hallmark. Hailed as one of the best travelogues on Africa ever written and awarded the first Zerilli-Marimo prize, Adventures in Africa is a modest vet profound account of the utter discombobulation of travel.

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