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A Cure for Serpents

by Alberto Denti di Pirajno

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'A fabulous country in which I once lived', January 18, 2015

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The Italian author was a physician, and also administrator, in his country's colonies of N Africa. Starting in 1924 and concluding with the arrival of Montgomery in World War 2, Pirajno tells of life among the Berber and Tuareg tribesmen.

In fascinating and amusing anecdotes, he transports the reader to a world of superstitious people (the title comes from a patient, convinced that his disorders were caused by a serpent in his stomach.) He recalls tracking bandits in the desert, encounters with some spirited women, and the antics of his tame lioness, Negesti. And the local nobleman, so grateful at being cured that he loaded Pirajno with gifts, some of which caused considerable problems...

Enjoyable read that reminded me a little, in writing style, of Gerald Durrell. ( )
  starbox | Jan 18, 2015 |
Although the good doctor was probably a nice man doing what he thought was best, the racism, sexism and disabledism shown in this book is a good argument for the evils of colonialism. ( )
  chive | Apr 19, 2014 |
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The autobiography of the Duke of Pirajno, who worked for eighteen years as a doctor in Libya, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somaliland.

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