Livro Terra Sonâmbula de Mia Couto content/uploads//09/ Sleepwalking Land (in Portuguese: Terra Sonâmbula) is a novel written by Mia Couto, a Mozambican writer, first published in Portuguese in and translated .

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I’m glad I was able to read the original, as not only rerra invented words, but also the choice of words is particularly important to define the characters and the surroundings.

Sleepwalking Land

Mia Livfo combines words creating new sonnambula so skillfully that you’re caught wondering how come that word didn’t exist before. Muidinga, a boy recovering from illness, and Tuahir, an elderly companion from the refugee camp they have fled, bide their time lifro reading the notebooks of a nearby corpse of a young man, Kindzu.

Sep 02, Jim Fonseca rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aside from that certain events were just downright disturbing, and I wasn’t sure why they were included at all, since they seemingly had nothing at all to do with the story itself or the over-arching theme of war an example of this is when Tuahir begins touching Muidinga in a sexual way on p. It’s never quite clear what is a metaphor for what.

Terra Sonâmbula by Mia Couto (5 star ratings)

Time slowly pulls the end of the rope, squeezing the life out of us little by little. White man’s gilting of the war-torn lands? I am condemned to perpetual earth, like the whale that gives up the ghost on the beach. Thanks for telling us about the problem. And if you don’t like magical realism It is a well told story, and will make your imagination flourish for hours after putting it down.

Wat Couto vertelt, valt niet na te vertellen, lees ik in een recensie — zo ervaar ik het ook. It is one of the most gorgeous, devastating and disturbing books I’ve ever read. Lists with This Book. 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.


His characters are often navigating their world almost completely alone, a world in shambles shaken to its foundation through the violences of war. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In alternating chapters we are treated to these parallel journeys, and as the story sknambula, as it gets stranger and stranger, these two narratives begin to intertwine.

During the course of the war, which ended infive million people were displaced from their homes and nearly one million people were killed.

Pages of the earth indeed. If you love magical realism, you will love this book. Couto gives us dream-like sequences of horror laced with magical realism. A young boy and old man are survivors sheltering in a burned-out bus, from which they removed charred bodies to make it habitable. 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.

A wandering tale of magical realism that made me wish I knew more about the Mozambican Civil War. Dreams are the eyes of life and we were blind. In Sleepwalking Land, that not-straight forward feeling was perfect in providing me, a reader unfamiliar with both Mozambican history and life during a civil war, with a dream-like introduction to life in a confusing political licro violent setting.

You’ll come upon lines like this: During the course of the war, which ended infive million pe Normally I reserve sonambjla 5-star rating for tried and true books, books that I’ve returned to again and again.

On display is the art of storytelling. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. View all 3 donambula. Published February 21st by Serpent’s Tail first published It’ll enlighten you on some of Mozambique’s history, but that’s just the setting, not the story.


This book might just not be my style. To ask other readers questions about Sleepwalking Landplease sign up.

Fiction swallowing fiction almost always works for me. Open Preview See a Problem? See all 3 questions about Sleepwalking Land…. Another tries to bury people alive, in the hopes that, like planted seeds, more people will grow out of them and replace all the ones who were long gone. More on my blog I prefer this book to either of those. The boy may be the man’s son or his nephew or they may be unrelated. Don’t seek your relatives any more, those who have left for other lands in search of peace.

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 b Did Cormac Tefra read this before he wrote “The Road”? Too bad I haven’t read your message before. In the first, an old man and a young orphaned boy have fled a refugee camp terrw seek shelter in a burned-out bus on the side of the road.

It starts well with prose that has a sense of magic in it absent from most contemporary fiction. Portuguese original English translation.

The narration alternates the conversations between Tuahir and Muidinga with the entries of the notebooks being read aloud by the latter.