"Offers fascinating comparative material with other places where the wound of past injustices continues to fester and destroy... A brilliant weaving together of history and the anthropology of participant observation... The style is limpid, funny, and a delight." Maurice Bloch "The political intrigue makes for a compelling narrative. Committed to showing the power of stories, Graeber is very capable of telling a story of his own... a brilliant study in the classic anthropological tradition..." Michael Lambek
David Graeber is Reader in Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. His books include Debt: The First 5000 Years; Direct Action: An Ethnography; and Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own Dreams.
1. Betafo, 1990 2. Royal Authority 3. Negative Authority 4. Character 5. A Brief History of Betafo 6. Anti-Heroic Politics 7. The Trials of Miadana 8. Lost People 9. The Descendants of Rainitamaina 10. It Must Have Gone Something Like This 11. Catastrophe 12. Epilogue Glossary of Malagasy Terms Personal Names Important Places Named in the Text