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Acaba por arrancar a capa de um dos cadernos. Jul 17, missy jean rated it it was amazing Shelves: War and profiteering and dreams and love, women and animals and monsters. It’s traumatic writing, cracked clear through and showing the other side. The road in the notebooks they find is the path of a magical journey towards love and meaning, partly in a spirit world similar to Ben Okri’s by a young man called Kindzu.

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Sleepwalking Land

Muidinga and Tuahir take the notebooks with them into the scorched remnants of the bus that they use as a shelter. Or perhaps it’s not as grand as all that.

It is unapologetic magical realism, a war described without any battle scenes, metaphor upon metaphor. And the story is a great enjoyment for them and myself. You’ll come upon lines like this: Open Preview See a Problem? It must have seemed as if the land itself is fleeing. The reader is never confronted with it directly, which can be frustrating.

Paperbackpages. This is a land where the past and present war for control of the future.

De moeders leren hun kinderen gewoon hoe ze moeten overleven. Terwijl ik het boek las, moest ik voortdurend denken aan alle andere oorlogen waarin mensen hun waardigheid verliezen, waarin mja gereduceerd worden tot beesten.


Unfortunately, though, I often found the use of magical realism in Sleepwalking Land to be overwhelming and at times frustrating. View all 3 comments. It is a charming book, but not a cheerful one.

Sleepwalking Land – Wikipedia

While clearing the bodies, they find a notebook by Kindzu. Set in a war-torn Mozambique during the end of the civil war when the tension between rival political parties was at its highest mua, Tuahir, an older man, and Muidinga, a boy recovering from illness, met at the refugee camp and fled.

As the civil war rages in s Mozambique, an old man and a young boy, refugees from the war, seek shelter in a burnt-out bus.

Perhaps we can call it “Animist Realism”. Jan 25, Rebecca Reid rated it liked it Shelves: Wat Couto vertelt, valt niet na te sonambbula, lees ik in een recensie — zo sinambula ik het ook. This violence always occur ‘off-screen’ in his novels: Com certeza procurarei outras obras do autor.

An old woman in a refugee campus spends all her time in heavy physical labor because she knows she will be abandoned once she is no longer useful. And What a powerful and reflective book about the aftermath of war.

When I finished Sleepwalking Land, though, I flipped back to page 1 and started over immediately. I am condemned to perpetual earth, like the whale that gives up the ghost on the beach. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. If you love magical realism, you will love this book. Though I find Couto to be more in control of his novel than Orki was with The Famished Road; the story is tighter, the prose more precise.


Resta mencionar que a narrativa tem um desfecho sugestivo, oferecendo ao leitor a oportunidade para imaginar o futuro do jovem. One story is that the boy has no memory of his early life because he was taken to a witchdoctor to empty his head of the horrible memories.

Vouto is a selection of literary gems from a couple of dozens I marked while reading, that show the power of his writing. What a powerful and reflective book about the aftermath of war.

An international jury at the Zimba English Journalist and a biologist, his works in Portuguese have been published in more than 22 countries and have been widely translated. I can’t say I would recommend this book sonambuoa everyone. Mar 06, Jonny rated it liked it. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Bands of soldiers murdered, raped, burned and plundered across the countryside with no plan or logic.

Weinig schrijvers slagen daar echt goed in maar Couto vertelt twee afzonderlijke verhalen even meesterlijk en laat ze dan prachtig in elkaar overvloeien. I can’t explain this to you, except to say it’s a book I read with wide eyes and half-breaths — maybe I just mean it’s an astonishing book. Deze roman uit zal jammer genoeg ook steeds actueel blijven. This article about a historical novel of the s is a stub.

Terminei com vontade de voltar pro inicio e reler. Two characters wander aimlessly among wrecks of a land that was once at peace.