Gottlieb, Alma and Graham, Philip, Parallel Worlds: An Anthropologist and a Writer Encounter Africa (New York: Crown, 1993).
In a small village in the West African rain forest, an anthropologist and her writer husband begin to translate one of his short stories, during an evening storytelling session. Yet as soon as they present the main character's unusual dilemma - the loss of his shadow - a question is posed from the audience: 'Was this the work of spirits?'
Parallel Worlds is a riveting chronicle by two visitors to a complex world rarely seen by outsiders: the vibrant daily lives of West African villagers, and the parallel, invisible realm of the spirits that surround them. This beautifully written memoir recounts the deepening knowledge slowly acquired by Alma Gottlieb, a cultural anthropologist, and Philip Graham, a fiction writer, as they lived among the Beng, a previously unstudied people of Côte d'Ivoire.
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filed under: original works of travel writing
in Travel Writing (journal)
for Travel Writing Studies (Nottingham Trent University)