Arcadia £8.99 (356pp) (free p&p) from the Independent Bookshop: 08430 600 030
My Father's Wives, By José Eduardo Agualusa
Friday 16 October 2009
In this spirited road novel by the Angolan winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (for The Book of Chameleons), a Lisbon-based film-maker criss-crosses southern Africa in search of the truth about her reputed biological father, a jazz virtuoso.
In parallel with Laurentina's quest, a frame-story gives us an author-figure and his partner on their own journey. With charm and colour, Agualusa celebrates the creole world of Portuguese Africa, while Daniel Hahn translates with a fitting snap and swing.
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