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Sleepwalking Land

Jan 11, Robledo Cabral rated it it was ok. But this is a distinctly African work, and has much more in common with the works of Ben Okri. I struggled to understand the reasons behind various violence and betrayals, and yet I realized that understand the context absolutely did not matter: I know that this was largely intentional, but it made it less enjoyable to read.

As the boy reads the story to his elderly companion, this story and their own develop in tandem. This is an excellent, classic-grade novel but how do we get folks to find out about a work set in Mozambique, written in and translated from the Portuguese in ? Resta mencionar que a narrativa tem um desfecho sugestivo, oferecendo ao leitor a oportunidade para imaginar o futuro do jovem.

Here is a selection of literary gems from a couple of dozens I marked while reading, that show the power of his writing. Quotes from Sleepwalking Land. Couto’s style is definitely an acquired taste.

Jul 17, missy jean rated it it was amazing Shelves: There seemed to be just too many impossible things happening all at once, and I was truly bothered by how often characters simply blurted out all-encompassing poetic maxims regarding the nature of life. And if you don’t like magical realism It’s traumatic writing, cracked clear through and showing the other side.


That’s why they made this war, to poison the womb of time, so that the present would give birth to monsters instead of hope. O jovem retira os caderninhos.

I must be honest, though: Zijn stijl is voor mij puur genieten. Beautiful and very original recreation of the Portuguese language.

Sleepwalking Land by Mia Couto

Maybe it’s just cruel and greedy people killing each other, or desperate people fighting terrz any way they can to survive. Want to Read saving…. Mozambican fantasy interweaving stories.

The reader is never confronted with it directly, wh This is my second novel by Mia Couto and I am definitely couho some themes in his writing – dislocation, disorientation and isolation in or through war being a main one.

Views Read Edit View history. Jan 30, Kate Savage rated it it was amazing.

Muidinga and Tuahir take the notebooks with them into the scorched remnants of the bus that they use as a shelter. Em publicou o seu primeiro livro de poesia, Raiz de Orvalho, que inclui poemas contra sonambhla propaganda marxista militante. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Seu veneno circulava agora em todos os rios da nossa alma. An old Mia Couto’s Sleepwalking Land is set during Mozambique’s civil war, but it is not a novel specifically about Mozambique, it’s about the entire post-colonial continent. I think I went into it expecting it to tdrra a gerra or less straightforward historical fiction account of the Mozambican Civil War, but I quickly realized that it was going to be one that relied almost solely on magical realism in the telling.


If you love magical realism, you will love this book. Sleepingwalking Land is the story of an old man and a young boy who, while trying to hide from the war, find a burnt-out bus and decide to live in it. But it is beautifully written. The narration alternates the conversations between Tuahir and Muidinga with the entries of the notebooks being read aloud by the latter.

Near a corpse, they find a set of journals written by Kindzu. Refresh and try again. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

If you’re looking for something a little different, something both strange and profound, give Sleepwalking Land a try. They take shelter in a burnt out bus, and there find the notebooks of another traveler, Kindzu.

They would have loved his blurring of the distinctions between life and death, fact and fantasy, present and past. But this is a book of hope.

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