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
Paperback - 150 pages - 978-1-84668-676-4
Hardcover - 150 pages - 978-0-86486-378-2
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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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