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Under the Frangipani Paperback – 3 Jul 2008

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail; Main edition (3 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846686768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846686764
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.3 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 733,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)


A police inspector is investigating a strange murder, a case in which all the suspects are eager to claim responsibility for the act.Set in a former Portuguese fort which stored slaves and ivory, "Under the Frangipani" combines fable and allegory, dreams and myths with an earthy humour. The dead meet the living, language is invented, reality is constantly changing.In a story which is partly a thriller, partly an exploration of language itself, Mia Couto surprises and delights, and shows just why he is one of the most important African writers of today.

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