L'Afrique fantôme  

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"Between 1931 and 1933 Marcel Griaule and Michel Leiris undertook the ambitious Dakar to Djibouti expedition which crossed Africa and first visited the Dogon people. From this expedition resulted L'Afrique fantôme by Michel Leiris."


"From March 1931 to February 1933, Michel Leiris crosses Africa from West to East. He is the archivist of an ethnographic mission directed by Marcel Griaule, task that drives him to hold a log. This travel notebook became "L’Afrique fantôme", a great book first published in 1934 by Gallimard. From May 1988 to January 1990, the photographer Françoise Huguier and the writer-reporter Michel Cressole, went back together on the Dajar-Djibouti mission's road, in quest of the "goût du merveilleux" (magic taste of life) that led Michel Leiris sixty years before in the Black country. Each of them held a travel log, one using images and the other, words." --blurb to Sur Les Traces De l'Afrique Fantome by Françoise Huguier

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L'Afrique fantôme (1934) is a book by French author Michel Leiris. It combines both an ethnographic study of the Dakar to Djibouti expedition and an autobiographical project, which broke with the traditional ethnographic writing style of Marcel Griaule.

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