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A Varanda do Frangipani by Mia Couto

Alas, as one of the elderly suspects suggests to Naita, “the crime that’s been committed here isn’t the one you’re trying to solve. 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. Lists with This Book. It is poetic and magical. Their stories reveal aspects of African religious and philosophical belief systems, but to the Western-trained Naita they seem irrational.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: But like any other mystery, everything is still revealed in the end. I talk to whoever he talks to.

vzranda But we know all of this only by the end of the novel. A genuine revolution is supposed to be waged for the people. There are only dead people and dead souls. Naita has been sent to investigate the murder of the local administrator, a man of brutal temperment, lascivious behavior, and corrupt practices.

I go with him, I go in him, I go him. Like truth, the answer is never simply black nor white. 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.


Franbipani the frangipani in the terrace of the former Portuguese tradepost is where the dead soul of the narrator resided. This very African magic realist novel reminds me most of Pedro Paramo. As the detective uncovers something of the truth about Vatsome’s murder, so Mucanga begins to remember how he too was murdered. Desafortunadamente, Elefanta no tiene buen cuidado editorial: A good dose of magic realism African style, set in post colonial Mozambique.

Want to Read saving…. There is a message to the old colonial masters in the frontnote; “You will never rule this land”. From the first sentence of the book you are taken by surprise: The fort is the locus of the long troubled history of Mozambique, a site that held slaves, was used in the war frangipanj independence, and is a microcosm of post-independence society.

There are only dead people and dead souls. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. Be the first to ask a question about A Varanda do Frangipani. For starters the inspector has people queuing up to admit to murdering the oppressive Excellency Vatsome, but then many of the confessions include fangipani – such as a woman who turns to water at night and a man who will die if he cries – so can they be believed?.

Behind each of their confessions is the history of Mozambique, though very little of it is made expli This was very strange. Short, sharp frxngipani remarkable. As has been noted so many times on this blog, magic realism often comes from two cultures rubbing up against each other.


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Obras de Varanra de Assis: But Under the Frangipani is very different from Burning Angel. You submitted the following rating and review. Return to Book Page.

Notify me of new posts via email. It’s set up as a mystery, which is, I think, eventually explained, but all of that is simply an excuse for a series of inset narratives in which the elderly inhabitants of the asile q to the crime, possibly to protect the detective, possibly to protect themselves and hide from him, and possibly to have the opportunity to frwngipani their stories to someone who will listen.

Under the Frangipani Portuguese Title: It is very African in sensibility, style, substance and mood, but the story resonates on a deep universal level. AfricaAfrican fictionAfrican literaturebookscrimeculturedeathfictionliteratureMozambiqueMozambique fictionMozambique literaturemurderNovelnovelsreadingReading the worldreviewworld. No asilo de S. Short, sharp and remarkable.

It is a pleasing mix of thriller and frsngipani which explores the spirit world and old beliefs and traditions.