Forest of a Thousand Daemons: A Hunter's Saga (D.O. Fagunwa)

"The aggressive man dies the death of war, the swimmer dies the death of water, the vainglorious dies the death of women; it is the trade of the cutlass that breaks its teeth, the food we eat is what fills our bellies—may God forbid that what you eat bring about your death."

"The aggressive man dies the death of war, the swimmer dies the death of water, the vainglorious dies the death of women; it is the trade of the cutlass that breaks its teeth, the food we eat is what fills our bellies—may God forbid that what you eat bring about your death."

Nigeria / 1939

Forest of a Thousand Daemons is the first novel to be written in the Yoruba language. First published in Nigeria in 1939, it is one of that country's most revered and widely read works. It's a mythological tale that features monsters and an unnamed narrator's complex life story. Wole Soyinka translated it to English.