Mia Couto was born in Mozambique in 1955. When his country became independent in 1975, Couto interrupted his studies to become a journalist and newspaper editor. Later, he resumed his studies, and is now an enviornmental biologist. He has published poetry, short stories and a number of novels. His work has been widely recognised in the Portuguese-speaking world, and has been translated into a number of European languages. He lives in Maputo, Mozambique.
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. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
This is an original and fresh tale quite unlike anything else I
have read from Africa. I enjoyed it very much. -- Doris Lessing
A powerful and trenchant evocation of life in a society traumatised by decades of war and poverty. * New Internationalist *
To read Mia Couto is to encounter a peculiarily African sensibility, a writer of fluid, fragmentary narratives...a remarkable novel. * New Statesman *
Mia Couto is a white man with an African soul. * Henning Mankell *