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Baratani (Setswana)
The Lovers
by Bessie Head
Price: $7.00
Baratani  (Setswana)
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An advanced level reader written in Setswana.  Illustrated.  Includes a word list.

"Bogologolo, mo maitseboeng a diphefo kwa Botswana, ke fa Keaja le Tselana ba simolola go ratana.  Ka bonako ke fa ba setse ba bua ka tsa lenyalo.  Ba ne ba sa itse gore rraagwe Keaja o setse a mmonetse mosadi.  E ne e le nqwao ya Setswana go batlelwa mosadi.  Keaja le Tselane ba ne ba itse gore ga ba a tshwanela go tlola molao oo mme ba ipolelela gore bona ga ba kitla ba o obamela.  Go ne go le selo se le sengwe fela seo ba ka se dirang. Kanelo eno, e diragetse mo dingwageng tse di fetang lekgolo tse di fetileng mo motseng wa batswana.  E bua ka fa setso se neng se laola lorato lwa bana ka teng.  Ditshwantsho tse di fa gare di bontsha ka fao batho ba neng ba tshela ka teng bogologolo le gore ba ne ba apara jang."

A long time ago, on a stormy afternoon in Botswana, Keaja and Tselane fell deeply in love.  Soon they were talking about marriage.  But there was one problem: Keaja’s father had already chosen a wife for him.  This was a Tswana tradition.  Keaja and Tselana could not go against this tradition.  But they also could not live without each other.  There was only one way out for them.  This story takes place in traditional Tswana society more than 100 years ago.  It is a story about how traditional societies controlled love between young people.

The pictures show how people lived and dressed in those days and are based on sketches made by a traveler in the area between 1834 and 1836.

Also available in English (The Lovers, 600-0007).

Peppercorn Book Number: 600-0603
Publisher: ViVa Books
ISBN: 1-874932-58-1
Series: Well Known Stories
Language: Setswana
Place of Publication: Johannesburg, South Africa
Year of Publication: 1994
Medium: book
Format: paperback
Size: A5, portrait
Length: 52 pages

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