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David Brookshaw Translator. 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. Among the effects of a dead passenger, they come across a set of notebooks that tell of his life. As the boy reads the story to his elderly companion, this story and their own develop in tandem. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published February 21st by Serpent's Tail first published More Details Original Title.
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See all 3 questions about Sleepwalking Land…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Sleepwalking Land. Sep 02, Jim Fonseca rated it it was amazing Shelves: portuguese-authors , favorite-books. 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 ?
Mozambique is a former Portuguese colony; that Indian Ocean country on the east coast of Southern Africa that "fits around" the broken-off island of Madagascar. This novel takes us back to the 's when a war of independence against colonial Portugal disintegrated into civil war, and ultimately, simply into banditry and chaos.
Bands of soldiers murdered, raped, burned and plundered across the countryside with no plan or logic. The plot is simple. A young boy and old man are survivors sheltering in a burned-out bus, from which they removed charred bodies to make it habitable. The boy may be the man's son or his nephew or they may be unrelated. Every day they wander around their home base looking for food or other living souls and avoiding gunmen.
The boy dreams of finding his parents but his companion warns him not to even think of it because children are such a burden to parents in this strife-torn land. 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.
They encounter a man who spend his time spinning sisal to make a rope to hang himself. 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.
Even death does not bring relief; a ghost, a perhaps the boy's father's, tells his son: "I'm dead but disconsolate. So nightly journal entries alternate with sequences about their daily activities. Couto gives us dream-like sequences of horror laced with magical realism. Here is a selection of literary gems from a couple of dozens I marked while reading, that show the power of his writing.
View all 5 comments. A novel against a background of war where a young boy and an adult who tries to flee it settle on a burnt bus where in a suitcase the youngest finds notebooks that he reads night after night to kill time and to dream of a better world. So these are two stories that intertwine, that of the reader and the listener, and that of the notebooks.
Stories both woven from imagination, from invented words, legends and oral literature to disproportionate and eccentric characters who are sometimes more real A novel against a background of war where a young boy and an adult who tries to flee it settle on a burnt bus where in a suitcase the youngest finds notebooks that he reads night after night to kill time and to dream of a better world.
Stories both woven from imagination, from invented words, legends and oral literature to disproportionate and eccentric characters who are sometimes more real than real ones. A novel that pays homage to the Mozambican culture at the same time as a novel about war, injustice and dreams.
A novel that can not leave indifferent who reads it. Jul 17, missy jean rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction. Normally I reserve my 5-star rating for tried and true books, books that I've returned to again and again. When I finished Sleepwalking Land, though, I flipped back to page 1 and started over immediately. It is one of the most gorgeous, devastating and disturbing books I've ever read.
During the course of the war, which ended in , five million pe Normally I reserve my 5-star rating for tried and true books, books that I've returned to again and again. During the course of the war, which ended in , five million people were displaced from their homes and nearly one million people were killed. It goes without saying that it was a horrifying period in Mozambican history.
Joe and I lived in Mozambique for a few months when we were first married, so I feel a connection to the land and its history, of course. The story in this book is one I've heard before 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. The boy discovers some notebooks in a box that belonged to one of the dead passengers, and as he reads the notebooks out loud to his elderly friend, they learn about the writer: Kindzu, who traveled across the country hoping to become a naparama, a warrior of justice, and discovered love and lust and jealousy and death on his journey.
But the real story of the story --for me-- is the IMAGES, the beautiful and horrifying images, that populate the book. It is unapologetic magical realism, a war described without any battle scenes, metaphor upon metaphor. If you love magical realism, you will love this book. And if you don't like magical realism What a powerful and reflective book about the aftermath of war.
The images of loss, desire, eking out an existence compounded with war makes for some stark images. But this is a book of hope. While clearing the bodies, they find a notebook by Kindzu. The notebook will be a grand diversion for the two men from their meager lives. And What a powerful and reflective book about the aftermath of war.
And the story is a great enjoyment for them and myself. The story tells the captivating story of Kindzu searching for a better life from his humble background. He meets Farida looking for her son Gaspar.
On display is the art of storytelling. Everyone has a great story to tell which moves the book along to its finale. There was one feature that I found compelling - water. Kindzu sets out on a canoe and water becomes a recurring element, even compelling Tuahir and Muidinga to look for the sea. One of my favourite sections is the story of the land of the dead. A terra anda procurar dentro de cada pessoa, anda juntar os sonhos.
Set in a war-torn Mozambique during the end of the civil war when the tension between rival political parties was at its highest point, Tuahir, an older man, and Muidinga, a boy recovering from illness, met at the refugee camp and fled. Together, they travel down a road that had been abandoned and encounter many signs of the war including a burnt bus and many corpses along the side of the road. Next to one of these bodies they find a set of notebooks written by a person named Kindzu. Muidinga and Tuahir take the notebooks with them into the scorched remnants of the bus that they use as a shelter. The narration alternates the conversations between Tuahir and Muidinga with the entries of the notebooks being read aloud by the latter.