The Last Flight of the Flamingo

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Serpent's Tail, 2004 - Fiction - 179 pages
4 Reviews

“A wonderful mix of magical realism and wordplay that has a similar tone to Márquez at his best. Couto writes in an idiom all his own that feels authentically African.”—Ink

In Mozambique after the end of the civil war, local soldiers have been unaccountably blown up. When it begins to happen to UN peacekeepers, a high-level delegation visits the village of Tizangara to initiate an investigation. As the UN investigation unfolds, Mia Couto brilliantly shows how the perceptions of events both inside and outside the country are altered when interpreted from an African perspective.

Mia Couto was born in 1955 in Mozambique and is the most prominent Portuguese-speaking African writer. He now lives in Maputo, where he manages the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.

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--I miss my home, back in Italy. --I'd like a little place of my own, too, where I could return to and feel cosy. --Don't you have one, Anna? --I haven't got one. None of us women have one. --How come? --You men come back home. We are the home. Read full review

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I was pleasantly surprised by how cleverly the historical and cultural aspects of Mozambique were woven into this story. However, the story itself is not that exciting nor complex. I would recommend ... Read full review

Contents

A large sexual organ on the loose l
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The mission of inquiry
8
A scaly woman
20
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Mia Couto was born in 1955 in Mozambique and is the most prominent writer in Portuguese-speaking Africa. He has been active as a journalist and during the revolutionary struggle headed the AIM news agency. He now lives in Maputo where he works as an environmental biologist and runs the Mozambique part of the Kruger National Park.

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