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Bookplate

Subscribers to the book have received a presentation copy bearing a bookplate designed by Claude Boucher Chisale. It illustrates a Chewa proverb: ‘Mutu umodzi susenza denga,’ or ‘One head alone cannot carry a roof.’ Ancestral spirits (elongated, androgynous, supernaturally pale) assist the living to bear the roof of a hut, while God (depicted as Chauta, the rainbow, and Mphambe, the lightning storm) looks on benevolently from behind a mask that bears the tribal scarification marks of the Chewa.

The bookplate was printed by Karen Gardner of www.bookplateink.com and generated a certain amount of interest in on-line discussion groups.

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