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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. For this book is also an examination of the corruption of individuals, such as Vatsome, and of black society following the revolution.

Maaginen realismi ja kasvit. The young officer is baffled and, as his time for departure nears, he is warned that his own frxngipani death has been foretold. Da sua varanda se pode enxergar o horizonte. Would you like us to take another look at this review? 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.

A Varanda do Frangipani

Open Preview See a Problem? But I didn’t really get the point, or half the book. He is naive too about what is to become of him – not analyzing the motives of his superiors in sending him there.

Not only the whole story, but every sentence of this original micro-novel is a fable. This tree plays a focal part in the story.


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. Trivia About A Varanda do Fran Interspersed in the narrative are chapters that unravel the tales of the confessors, residents of the sanotarium who all claim that they killed Excellency Vatsome: Mar 54 63 May 22, I just didn’t quite get it.

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.

He interviews several of the residents, who all claim responsibility for the crime. We appreciate your feedback. Moreover, Couto demonstrates a sympathetic understanding of the African connection between humans and animals in the context of their environment as well as a perceptive sensibility to the conflict between custom embodied by the elders and the forces of modernity represented by Naita and the contemporary political regime.

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They all readily confess to the crime. As such, much of this literary tale probably passed me by.

But Under the Frangipani is very different from Burning Angel. In fact, the volume reveals much about corruption by both the earlier Portuguese colonizers and their currrent revolutionary African substitutes. As has been noted so many times on this blog, magic realism often comes from two cultures rubbing up against each other.


Finally, it is about a transition from Portuguese colony to supposed independence of Mozambique. Then there is who or what is murdered? The magical dominates the novel with spirits, shadows, a storm-serpent, a bottomless void, and more.

But Under the Frangipani is very different from Burning Angel.

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Behind each of their confessions is the history of Mozambique, though very little of it is made expli This was very strange. But as the nurse Marta points out what is being murdered is the frangipami Mozambique, the Mozambique of magic, family and humanity. The political is more subtle, it is somehow a protest against Portuguese colonialism in Mozambique.

Couto plays with the detective story genre in this book, stretching it and distorting it. I do think there’s real depth there, but I’m not completely sure that I even made it far below the surface. War establishes the cycle of flood… War swallows up the dead and devours its survivors. It is very African in sensibility, style, substance and mood, but the story resonates on a deep universal garanda. This review first appeared on the Magic Realism Books Blog http: