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The Ogress and the Snake: And Other Stories from Somalia

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For millennia, Somalia has been crossed and recrossed by camel caravans of merchants, bringing with them stories such as "The Good Prince," in which a kindhearted prince conquers the evil magic of a beautiful sorceress, and "The Ogress and the Snake," a Somali Hansel and Gretel story about five little girls, abandoned in the desert, who take refuge in the house of a man-eating ogress. Elizabeth Laird heard many of these tales in Jigjiga, the capital of Ethiopia's Somali region. She gathers together the finest of them in ...

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The Ogress and the Snake: And Other Stories from Somalia
2009, Frances Lincoln Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9781845078706

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