Winner of the 1989 Herskovits Award
Named One of Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century by the Zimbabwe International Book Fair
“ . . . groundbreaking . . . clear, straightforward, and economical. . . . seminal . . . ” —American Anthropologist
“This is a challenging book . . . a remarkable contribution to African intellectual history.” —International Journal of African Historical Studies
“Mudimbe’s description of the struggles over Africa’s self-invention are vivid and rewarding. From Blyden to Sartre, Temples to Senghor, Mudimbe provides a bold and versatile resume of Africa’s literary inventors.” —Village Voice Literary Supplement
“ . . . a landmark achievement in African studies.” —Journal of Religion in Africa
In this unique and provocative book, Zairean philosopher and writer V. Y. Mudimbe addresses the multiple scholarly discourses that exist—African and non-African—concerning the meaning of Africa and being African.