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So you understand this is not just magical animist realism but also something more, magical, and also political. 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.
Can these seemingly fanciful accounts provide any answers or are vaganda merely the ravings of those suffering from senile dementia? 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.
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.
If I had a cross or a slab of marble, the name Ermelindo Mucanga would feature on it. They all readily confess to the crime. Vadanda all readily confess to the crime.
In the words of Mark Twain’s memorable Luigi Capello, “he needs killing. 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.
And lastly there is the detective’s death. It turns out he is not really from Portugal, but from Mozambique, but he wrot When I travel, I like to read books about or written by authors from the location I am visiting. View all 4 comments.
A Varanda do Frangipani
If I had a cross or a slab of marble, the name Ermelindo Mucanga would feature on it. It has a similar smell with jasmine but it has a more intense fragrance. But I passed away along with my name nearly two decades ago. It was actually a pages novella filled with magical realism or to be dl precise animist realism, an African sub-category of magical realism.
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But I passed away along with my name nearly two decades ago. Or by harvests, famine franngipani floods. 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. A man-child cursed to grow old at the moment he was frnagipani, a witch that turns into water, a young nurse that sleeps stark naked in order to absorb the smell and the energy of the earth and many more.
No ordinary detective spiel, the narrative is seen from a different vantage point. In the Sao Nicolau fort is no time, and almost no life. He interviews several of the residents, who all claim responsibility for the crime.
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Mais du tout du tout. There are profound insights offered within this work’s sometimes whimsical and comical assertions and ethereal descriptions. Then there is who or what is murdered? All in all, the writing and structure have a kind of delicacy that was easy to like. In fact, the volume reveals much about corruption by both the earlier Portuguese colonizers and their currrent revolutionary African substitutes.
Under the frangipani in the terrace of the former Portuguese tradepost is where the dead drangipani of the narrator resided. So you understand this is not just magical animist realism but also something more, magical, and also political.
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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 Using both fable and allegory, Mia Couto creates a mysterious and surreal mis that brilliantly captures the spirit of post-independence Africa.
A Varanda do Frangipani by Mia Couto. And all the worse if the struggle for national liberation takes the capitalist road after overthrowing the yoke of colonialism instead of pursuing a socialist perspective. Varznda 19, Bookaholic added it. Like this book, nothing is quite what it appears to be.