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Altenberg, Peter. Trans. by Katharina von Hammerstein.

Ariadne Press


128 pages



Studies in Austrian literature, culture and thought; translation series


Fin-de-siecle Viennese poet Altenberg (1859-1919) describes a white man's friendship with a group of Ashanti people from the Gold Coast of Africa, who were put on display as living objects in an exhibit in Vienna in 1896. The 38 impressionist episodes, accompanied by reprints of his original drawing and photographs of the exhibit, illustrate a little known facet of encounters between people of different ethnic and cultural background.

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