Under the Frangipani

Mia Couto, Author, David Brookshaw, Translator
Mia Couto, Author, David Brookshaw, Translator Serpent's Tail $15 (150p) ISBN 978-1-85242-729-0
Reviewed on: 08/01/2001
Release date: 08/01/2001
Death seeps its wily way into every corner of the living world in this lyrical novel by Mozambican writer Mia Couto. At the start of Under the Frangipani, the narrator, a dead man, is assigned to occupy the body of a police inspector who is investigating the murder of the director of an old people's refuge housed in a former Portuguese fort. Dreamily narrated, but sharp in outline, Couto's novel is a richly rewarding real-life fable set far from the world as Western readers know it. Trans. from the Portuguese by David Brookshaw.
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