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For starters the inspector has people queuing up to admit to murdering the oppressive Excellency Vatsome, but then many of the confessions include magic – such as a woman who turns to water at night and a man who will die if he cries – Why is it that you go for ages without a magic realist detective story and then two come along within a month? Short, sharp and remarkable. The magical dominates the novel with spirits, shadows, a storm-serpent, a bottomless void, and more.
All in all, the writing and structure have a kind of delicacy that was easy to like. Both are short, both have a dream-like and poetic quality. Lucrurile, in schimb, ni se dezvaluie. It turns out he is not really from Portugal, but from Mozambique, but he wrote in Portuguese and translated by David Brookshaw. Oct 19, Bookaholic added it. If I had a cross or a slab of marble, the name Ermelindo Mucanga would feature on it.
The people at the fort are all old and puzzling. Refresh and try again. 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.
And now for something completely different Although he is black the young detective is a city dweller and European trained.
There is a message to the old colonial masters in the frontnote; “You will never rule this land”. It is poetic and magical.
A Varanda do Frangipani by Mia Couto
Both are short, both have a dream-like and poetic quality. Again Marta puts couo finger on the truth when she says: Like this book, nothing is quite what it appears to varansa. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Quotes from A Varanda do Fran Nonetheless, there is much to appreciate with Mia Couto, who is, by the way, male, a Mozambican of European descent, and a biologist by training and profession.
From the first sentence of the book you are taken by frabgipani 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. At one level, it is a mystery about an impending death. I listened to reports of massacres as if they had taken place in an another world. Meanwhile, the small and barely still alive population of the site with names like Little Miss No and the Old Gaffer await the policeman so that they can regale him with magical tales and fill their confessions with all the spirits and incredible happenings of their unseen world.
The big truths, in all their deepness, are said within an amazing simple way that only can come from the wisdom of the already lived life; or, frangjpani, from the afterlife. His investigations seem to lead him nowhere. Short, sharp and remarkable. He is naive in this world, where traditional beliefs mix with the old people’s mockery of him. We appreciate your feedback. A spirit in the form of halakavuma see photo belowtells him that he Ermelindo will possess the mind of a young police officer who arrived at this fort by the vxranda to investigate a murder.
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English Journalist and a biologist, his works in Portuguese have been published in more than 22 countries and have been widely translated. As one of the elderly suspects says, the crime that’s been committed here isn’t the one you’re trying to solve.
So you understand this is not just magical animist realism but cuoto something more, magical, and also political.
As the detective uncovers something of the truth about Vatsome’s murder, so Mucanga begins to ddo how he too was murdered. Apr 02, Clarissa Mendes rated it really liked it.
But as the nurse Marta points out what is being murdered is the old Mozambique, the Mozambique of magic, family and humanity.
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An international jury at the Zimba English Journalist and a biologist, his works in Portuguese have been published in more than 22 countries and have been widely translated. The fort is the locus of the long troubled history of Mozambique, a site that held slaves, was used in the war for independence, and is a microcosm of vaganda society. An international jury at the Zimba English Journalist and a biologist, his works in Portuguese have been published in more than 22 countries and have been widely translated.
Vatsome fought against the white Portuguese colonists, but he is corrupted by the war.
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Be the first to ask a question about A Varanda do Frangipani. He had given the best years of his life to the revolution. Using both fable and allegory, Mia Couto cre 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.
No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Izidine Naita is the A remarkable novel. But I didn’t really get the point, or half the book. This very African magic realist novel reminds me most of Pedro Paramo. Coming back from the dead, the narrator turns into a night spirit and inhabits the head of a Mozambican police inspector who is investigating franigpani surreal murder. Quotes from A Varanda do Fran