Translated by :Eric M.B. Becker
Imprint:Biblioasis - windsor
Dimensions:7in x 5 in | 1 gr
Page Count:176 pages
Mia Couto, winner of the Neustadt International Prize, and a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize, first became famous as a writer of enchanting short stories. In Rain And Other Stories, one of his most appealing collections, here available in English for the first time, the borders that separate people melt as a poor African country emerges from sixteen years of civil war and assumes its identity as an independent nation.
In these playful, poignant stories of ordinary people, the African oral tale merges into the contemporary short story, magic blends with realism, and the boundaries between Africans and Europeans, men and women, and even the living and the dead, yield before a joyous mixing. Amid visions of water and rain, fishermen and farmers, spiritualists and lovers, experience sparkling new ways of renewing life in a country that is being reborn.
Mia Couto, an environmental biologist from Mozambique, was a recent finalist for the Man Booker International Prize. He is the author of 25 books of fiction, essays, and poems in his native Portuguese. His most recent novel in English translation was Confession of a Lioness, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2015.
Eric M. B. Becker is the editor of the world literature journal Words without Borders. He is a PEN/Heim winning translator from the Portuguese. He was awarded a 2016 Fulbright Fellowship to translate Brazilian literature and will be spending 2016 in Brazil.
Praise for Mia Couto
"[Couto is] a brilliant aphorist. There are countless sentences that ... have the weight and wisdom of ancient proverbs."—THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
"Couto's narrative tone, at once deadpan and beguiling, and his virtuoso management of time place him alongside the best Latin American magic realists."—TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT