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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. War establishes the cycle of flood… War swallows up the dead and devours its survivors. Para tanto, precisa “remorrer”.

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He interviews several of the residents, who all claim responsibility for the crime. Possibly, however, because this is a translation, the voices of the characters sound remarkably alike and undifferentiated. Although he is black the young detective is a city dweller and European trained.

In the Sao Nicolau fort is no time, and almost no life. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot. Using both fable and allegory, Mia Couto creates a mysterious and surreal epic that brilliantly captures the spirit of post-independence Africa. Return to Book Page. We end up with a lot of old people, who are apparently locked up in this old fort, rambling and telling stories.

So you understand this is not just magical animist realism but also something more, magical, and also political. Lurking everywhere in Under the Frangipani are the shadows of the Mozambique war of national liberation against Portuguese repression and its traumatic realities.


Em publicou o seu primeiro livro de poesia, Raiz de Orvalho, que inclui poemas contra a propaganda marxista militante. No trivia or quizzes yet. He is naive too about what is to become of him – not analyzing the motives of his superiors in sending him there.

Izidine Naita is the A remarkable novel. He interviews several of the residents, who all claim responsibility for the crime.

There are only dead people and dead souls. But he is about to get honoured by the state as a hero against the colonialists, so decides he has to leave this old fort he died at while building, in order to get some sense of self back. War establishes the cycle of flood… War swallows up the dead and devours its survivors.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Books by Mia Couto. He is naive in this world, where traditional beliefs mix with the old people’s mockery of him. We start with our protagonist who is buried under a Frangipani tree. What was there left of that utopia? As the detective uncovers something of the truth about Vatsome’s murder, so Mucanga begins to remember how he too was murdered.

At another level, it is about a spirit that was not properly laid coouto rest under the Frangipani tree. Coming back from the dead, the narrator turns into a night spirit and inhabits the head of a Mozambican police inspector who is investigating a surreal murder.

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Our lives are no longer measured by years or seasons. 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. Couto varana with the detective story genre in this book, stretching it and distorting it.


Be the first to ask a question about A Varanda do Frangipani. The process is complicated by the fact that Izidine is possessed by a ghost who has a paranormal anteater for a spirit couo. What was there left of that utopia? After all, the danger of mobilizing for war but without the adequate political and ideological education tends to breed a one-sided military mentality that fails to consider the political equation.

There is magic, talking animals, the dead are all around and the whole story is rather surreal and chronology is pleasingly loose. But we know all of this only by the end of the novel.

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At yet another level, it is a collection of stories of people who are near the end of their life, and all have reasons to dislike a person who had died. Or by harvests, famine or floods. There is a message to the old colonial masters in the frontnote; “You will never rule this land”. It has a similar smell with jasmine but it has a more intense fragrance. In a recent review in the Paris Vouto the author says: The people at the fort are all old and puzzling.