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The Sword and the Spear
Exact title of book
The Sword and the Spear
Book author
Mia Couto
Book series
Sands of the Emperor
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Sep 08, 2020
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Some brief overview of book

The second novel in the exhilarating Sands of the Emperor trilogy, following the Man Booker International Prize finalist Woman of the Ashes Mozambique, 1895. After an attack on his quarters, the defeated Portuguese sergeant Germano de Melo needs to be taken to the hospital. The only one within reach is along the river Inhambane, so his lover Imani undertakes an arduous rescue mission, accompanied by her father and brother.

Meanwhile, war rages between the Portuguese occupiers and Ngungunyanes warriorsbattles waged with sword and spear, until the arrival of a devastating new weapon destined to secure European domination. Germano wants to start a new life with Imani, but the Portuguese military has other plans for the injured soldier. And Imani's father has his own plan for his daughters future as one of Ngungunyane's wives, she would be close enough to the tyrant to avenge the destruction of their village.

With elegance and compassion, Mia Couto's The Sword and the Spear illustrates the futility of war and the porous boundaries between apparently foreign culturesboundaries of which entire societies, but also friends and lovers, conceive as simultaneously insuperable and in decline.

About book author

Couto, born in Mozambique in 1955, is one of the most prominent writers in Portuguese-speaking Africa. After studying medicine and biology, he worked as a journalist and headed several Mozambican national newspapers and magazines. Couto has been awarded the Cames Prize for Literature and the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature, among other awards.

He was also short-listed for the 2017 IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award and was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize in 2015. He lives in Maputo, where he works as a biologist. David Brookshaw is an emeritus professor at the School of Modern Languages at the University of Bristol.

He has translated several other books by Mia Couto, including Woman of the Ashes, Confession of the Lioness, The Tuner of Silences, A River Called Time, and Sleepwalking Land.

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