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JOHN HABWE’S SAFARI YA LAMU (2011) AS A TRAVELOGUE

Mikhail D. Gromov

Abstract


The genre of travelogue may be regarded almost as old as the human civilization. Iain Manley in his survey of the genre (Manley 2011) traces the history of travelogue in the world literature from The Epic of Gilgamesh (13th-7th centuries BC), Homer’s Odyssey (8th century BC), accounts of ancient travelers, like the Greeks Arrianus and Pausanius (1-2 centuries), the Chinese Faxian and Xuanzang (5th and 7th centuries), to the medieval texts of the venetian Marco Polo (13th century) and Arabian traveler Ibn Batutta (14th century), Christopher Columbus of Spain (15th century), and Fernão Mendes Pinto of Portugal (16th century AD).

 Key words: John Habwe, travelogue, Lamu, Safari




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