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Or by harvests, famine or floods. 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, better, from the afterlife. 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.

Desafortunadamente, Elefanta no tiene buen cuidado editorial: Dec 18, carpe librorum: But what makes this novel la beautiful is the language. From the first sentence of the book you are taken by surprise: It has a similar smell with jasmine coutoo it has a more intense fragrance.

Under the frangipani in the terrace of the former Portuguese tradepost is where the dead soul of the narrator resided.

A Varanda do Frangipani by Mia Couto

I just don’t really know what was going on. Board bookpages. Return to Book Page. Alive is only frangipani, the old big tree, which first has to lose his leaves, in order to blossom up again.


We end up with a lot of old people, who are apparently locked up in this old fort, rambling and telling stories. Vatsome fought against the white Portuguese colonists, but he is corrupted by the war.

In the words of Mark Twain’s memorable Luigi Capello, “he needs killing. Couto’s guiless prose which reads well in this English translation should not fool us about the ma of this book.

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Its inhabitants reflect the melting pot of different identities – blacks, mulattos and whites — and classes, and the challenge of trying franvipani maintain old traditions and spirit worlds while shedding its colonial past and the violence of war and becoming part of a wider world. There is Vatsome’s death of course. It seeks to institute radical social changes to empower the greater majority of peasants and workers. Can these seemingly fanciful accounts provide any answers or are they merely the ravings of those suffering from senile dementia?

Oct 19, Bookaholic added it. I am not sure that it works as well as Pedro Paramo, because I wanted more substance in the plotting and because Pedro Paramo has to be one of the most impressive books I have mja read. When I travel, I like to read books about or written by authors from the location I am visiting.


This was my first Mia Couto book. And this is hope; the hope of life after varanea death. 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. Mais du tout du tout. As one of kia elderly suspects says, the crime that’s been committed here isn’t the one you’re trying to solve.

We appreciate your feedback. Like truth, the answer is never simply black nor white. It is poetic and magical.

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Or by harvests, famine or floods. But like any other mystery, everything is still revealed in the end. 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 sea to investigate a murder.

I just didn’t quite get it.