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At another level, it is about a spirit that was not properly laid to rest under the Frangipani tree. When I travel, I like to read books about or written by authors from the location I am visiting. But what makes this novel la beautiful is the language. Paperbackpages.

Though I’d give it just 3 stars right now, I think this is one that could age better with rereading now that I understand where the storytelling is leadingthe experience probably richer with a revisit down the road In a recent review in the Paris Review the author says: From the first sentence of the book you are taken by surprise: Set in an old Portuguese fort in post-independence Mozambique the tale is part murder investigation, part allegory that is rooted in magical realism.

Probably read it too disjointedly and it w have flown a bit better. Finally, a book that is truly different from previous experiences, a book that is unusual without being impossible to read, a new friend to frngipani a new year. I think this author is well worth reading again.

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But condensed in its little more than pages is an impressive narrative of a revolution betrayed as centered on the investigation of the death of Excellency Vatsome, Mozambique revolutionary war veteran turned sanatorium director and secret arms dealer.

A story about the pain and lost identity of a nation, about its dreams, superstitions and hopes, all narrated in a surreal note. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. When I travel, I like to read books about or written by authors from the location I am visiting.


There are only dead people and dead souls.

A Varanda do Frangipani by Mia Couto

Books by Mia Couto. Then there is who or what is murdered? Let me begin by saying I had never heard of a frangipani, but it is a real plant, with real flowers https: War establishes the cycle of flood… War swallows up the dead and devours its survivors.

His investigations seem to lead him nowhere. An international jury at the Zimba English Journalist and a biologist, vaanda works in Portuguese have been published in more than 22 countries and have been widely translated. Paperbackpages. To ask other readers questions about A Varanda do Frangipaniplease sign up.

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Can these seemingly fanciful accounts provide any answers or are they merely the ravings of those suffering from senile dementia? But what if it fails to pursue its original aims after completing the seizure of power from the oppressors?

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The magical dominates the novel with spirits, shadows, a storm-serpent, a bottomless void, and more. We appreciate your feedback. The political is so subtle, it is somehow a protest against Portuguese colonialism in Mozambique. Its inhabitants reflect the melting pot of different identities – blacks, mulattos and whites — and classes, and the challenge of tr Under the Frangipani is a curious book.

Using both fable and allegory, Mia Couto creates a mysterious and surreal epic that brilliantly captures the spirit of post-independence Africa. I listened to reports of massacres as if they had taken place in an another world. I think this author is well worth reading again. Steeped in African oral tradition and deploying that folksy storytelling style familiar to all cultures, the novel is in the main about the life of Vatsome Excellency and his murder as uncovered by the investigation conducted by a police detective.


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Esperava sentir mais pelas personagens, mais do que a mera curiosidade sobre elas. Moreover, the use of the technique avranda magical realism in this novel seems less integrated with thematic elements than is evident with such practitioners as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Toni Morrison, Isabel Allende, or Salman Rushdie.

A Varanda do Frangipani by Mia Couto. What was there left of that utopia? AfricaAfrican fictionAfrican literaturebookscrimeculturedeathfictionliteratureMozambiqueMozambique fictionMozambique literaturefrabgipaniNovelnovelsreadingReading the worldreviewworld. Couto plays with the detective story genre in this book, stretching it and distorting it.

For an African writer it would be very difficult to think of realism and magic as two pillars of the same concept, because the way we feel and think results from the permanent crossing of those frontiers. And this is hope; the hope of life after the death.

Frzngipani the narrator is a dead man. Finally, it is about a transition from Portuguese colony to supposed independence of Mozambique. And lastly there is the detective’s death.

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A Varanda do Frangipani

But I passed away along with my name nearly two decades ago. 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.

Lurking everywhere in Under the Frangipani are the shadows of the Mozambique war of national liberation against Portuguese repression and its traumatic realities.

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