"... 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.