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Behind each of their confessions is the history of Mozambique, though very little of it is made expli This was very strange.

All in all, the writing and structure have a kind of delicacy that was easy to like. A man-child cursed to grow old at the moment he was born, a witch that turns into water, a young nurse that sleeps stark naked in order to absorb the smell and the energy of frwngipani earth and many more.

But what if it fails to pursue its original aims after completing the seizure of power from the oppressors?

A Varanda do Frangipani by Mia Couto

Both are short, both have a dream-like and poetic quality. Apr 02, Clarissa Mendes rated it really liked it. Using both fable and allegory, Mia Couto creates a mysterious and surreal epic that brilliantly captures the spirit of post-independence Africa. But what makes this novel la beautiful is the language. Refresh and couot again. It has a similar smell with jasmine but it has a more intense cuto. And this is hope; the hope of life after the death. Vatsome fought against the white Portuguese colonists, but he is corrupted by the war.

Couto plays with the detective story genre in this book, stretching it and distorting it. But like any other mystery, everything is still revealed in the end.

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In the words of Mark Twain’s memorable Luigi Capello, “he needs killing. The fort is the locus of the long troubled history of Mozambique, a site that held slaves, franfipani used in the war for independence, and is a microcosm of post-independence society.

It is poetic and magical. In the Sao Nicolau fort is no time, and almost no life.


At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. War establishes the cycle of flood… War swallows up the dead and devours its survivors. I think this author is well worth reading again. No ordinary detective spiel, the narrative is seen from a different vantage point. O Bebedor de Horizontes. How to write a great review. I do think there’s real depth there, but I’m not completely sure that I even made it far below the surface.

The second, the old Portuguese expatriate Domingos Mourao, confessed to felling a large stone on Vatsome because the director allegedly abused his own wife Ernestina. Possibly, however, because this is a translation, the voices of the characters sound remarkably alike and undifferentiated.

And I don’t think I understood it much. Na Berma de Nenhuma Estrada. Mais du tout du tout.

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This review first appeared on the Magic Realism Books Blog http: But condensed in its little more than pages is an impressive narrative vadanda a revolution coutk as centered on the investigation of the death of Excellency Vatsome, Mozambique revolutionary war veteran turned sanatorium director and secret arms dealer. Finally, a book that is truly different from previous experiences, a book that is unusual without being impossible to read, a new friend to begin a new year.

The young officer is baffled and, as his time for departure nears, he is warned that his own impending death has been foretold. The first, Navaia, an old man-child claimed that he killed Vatsome with a knife because the director physically abused the old men performing a traditional ritual in the refuge. Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

This was my first Mia Couto book. War establishes the cycle of flood… War swallows up the dead and devours its survivors. Then there is who or what is murdered? It turns out he is not really from Portugal, but from Mozambique, but he wrote in Portuguese and translated by David Brookshaw. Its inhabitants reflect the melting pot of different identities – blacks, mulattos and whites — and classes, and the challenge of trying to maintain old traditions and spirit worlds while shedding its colonial past and the violence of war and becoming part of a wider world.


But as the nurse Marta points out what is being murdered is the old Mozambique, the Mozambique of magic, family and humanity. He had given the best years of his life to the revolution.

Em publicou o seu primeiro livro de poesia, Raiz de Orvalho, que jia poemas contra a propaganda marxista militante.

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The title should be at least 4 characters long. Lists with This Book. Dec 18, carpe librorum: This very African magic realist novel reminds me most of Pedro Paramo.

This colonial fort turned jail for Mozambique revolutionaries turned sanotarium for the elderly after the war and of which Vatsome is director is the setting of the novel. Naita has been sent to investigate the murder of the local administrator, a man of brutal temperment, lascivious behavior, and corrupt practices.

And now for something completely different But Under the Frangipani is very different from Burning Angel. Lists with This Book. It was actually a pages novella filled with magical realism or to be more precise animist realism, an African sub-category of magical realism.

Alive is only frangipani, the old big tree, which first has to lose his leaves, in order to blossom up again.

Books by Mia Couto. I did enjoy Couto’s lyrical language but I feel like there was a lot of symbolism that I missed and thus it ended up being a rather shallow read for me.