The civil war in Mozambique has ended but still the local soldiers are being hit by the landmines that litter the ground.
When United Nations peacekeepers begin to suffer too, a high-level delegation visits the village of Tizangara, to initiate an investigation. Alongside representatives of central government and UN officials is an Italian, Massimo Risi, who has been charged with the business of finding out what happened. Risi?s interpreter has collated information for posterity based on taped interviews, letters and witness accounts, documents which form the backbone of this book, as he narrates it. Global issues are seen from a local African perspective in this subtle and playful novel, in which Mia Couto blends oral storytelling techniques with his customary originality and flair.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/03/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781852428136
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Review by getupkid10
A magic realism tale of a country trying to adjust to westernization while keeping it’s identity (my take anyway). An Italian UN official comes to Mozambique to investigate the mysterious explosions of UN soldiers. He is paired with a local “translator”, who is less a translator of language as he is of culture, and meets a cavalcade of locals, as he (us as readers?) get lost in the differences that exist between their worlds. Great, often beautiful introduction into African magic realism!!