Amos Tutuola

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Amos Tutuola
BirthplaceAbeokuta, Nigeria
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Tutuola, Amos


Born June 1920 in Abeokuta. Nigerian writer.

Tutuola, who writes in English, is the author of The Palm-wine Drinkard (1952), My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1954), Simbi and the Satyr of the Dark Jungle (1955; Russian translation, The Adventures of Simbi, 1968), and Feather Woman of the Jungle (1962; Russian translation, 1968). Tutuola’s works are based on oral legends and folklore motifs of the Yoruban people.


Ajaiyi and His Inherited Poverty. London, 1967.


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The multiple identities of the two authors, Amos Tutuola (Palm-Wine Drinkard, 1952) and Ken Saro-Wiwa (Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English, 1985) influence their works, which can prove to be tricky for foreign translators, as will be seen in the case of Ken Saro-Wiwa and Amos Tutuola.
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Aluko and Flora Nwapa, Laurence devoted a chapter to each major writer: Wole Soyinka, John Pepper Clark, Chinua Achebe, Amos Tutuola and Cyprain Ekwensi.
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