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But Under the Frangipani is very different from Burning Angel. 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 confess to the crime, possibly grangipani protect the detective, possibly to protect themselves and hide from him, and possibly to have the opportunity to tell their stories to someone who will listen.

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Dec 18, carpe librorum: They all readily confess to the crime. So you understand this is not just magical animist realism but also something more, magical, and also political. It is a ‘Magic Realist’ detective story. 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.

Nicolau, onde funciona um asilo para velhos. There is Vatsome’s death of course.


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This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Esperava sentir mais pelas personagens, mais do que a mera curiosidade sobre elas. There are only dead people and dead souls. 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.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. You submitted the following rating and review. Alive is only frangipani, the old big tree, which first has to lose his leaves, in order to blossom up again. Esperava sentir mais pelas personagens, mais do que a mera curiosidade sobre elas.

But as the nurse Marta points out what is being murdered is the old Mozambique, the Mozambique of magic, family and humanity. No asilo de S. But there is also the death of the Ermelindo Mucanga, the dead narrator who takes up residence in a corner of the inspector’s mind. But as the nurse Marta points out what is being murdered is the old Mozambique, the Mozambique of magic, family and humanity. Although he is black the young detective is a city dweller and European trained.

I just didn’t quite get it.

Then there is who or what is murdered? Izidine Naita is the A remarkable novel. The big truths, in all their deepness, are said within an amazing simple way that only can so from the wisdom of the already lived life; or, better, from the afterlife. As the detective uncovers something of the truth about Vatsome’s murder, so Mucanga begins to remember how he too was murdered.


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Dec 18, carpe librorum: He is naive in this world, where traditional beliefs mix with the old people’s mockery of him. This was very strange. Finally, it is about a transition from Portuguese colony to supposed independence of Mozambique. It is very African in sensibility, style, substance and mood, but the story resonates on a deep universal level. In the words of Mark Twain’s memorable Luigi Capello, “he needs killing.

But like any other mystery, everything is still revealed in the end.

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Behind each of their confessions is the history of Mozambique, though very little of it is made explicit. And this is hope; the hope of life after the death. Want to Read saving…. View all 10 comments. Lurking everywhere in Under the Frangipani are the shadows of the Mozambique war of national liberation against Portuguese repression and its traumatic realities.

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