The Silence of The Hippo

The Silence of The Hippo

African Folktales Told by Children


Adapted by David Böhm

Published by: Centrala

Imprint: Centrala

64 Pages, 9.50 x 130.00 cm, B&W and sepia illustrations throughout

  • Hardcover
  • 9781912278060
  • Published: December 2020


The African imagination unmercifully breaks down European preconceptions of what a folktale is supposed to look like.

Poetic, somewhat absurd, and in some places dark – such are the short folktales in this book. Most of them come out of traditional African folklore, as reimagined by child storytellers, with a rather distinctive flavor.

These stories came into the hands of the Czech artist David Böhm in the suitcase of his sister Terezie as a stack of student essays from a small Central African school. Retelling these kids' stories in comic format, Böhm creates a singularly refreshing graphic adaptation for adults.