“From the published chronicles, the author selected them and rewrote them in the form of short stories”, reads the press release.
The work will be launched in the cultural space of the Leite Couto Foundation, created in memory of Mia Couto's father.
“The process of reworking the small proses resulted in striking narratives that cover the present in our world and range from the pandemic to the drama of the war in Cabo Delgado [a province affected by rebel attacks four years ago in northern Mozambique],” the statement added.
In the "The hunter of invisible elephants", Mia Couto maintains the “mythical and poetic vision” of human existence, mixing irony and humor, in stories marked by a critical eye on the history of Mozambique.
Mia Couto was born in Beira, Mozambique, in 1955, having been a journalist and teacher. He is currently a biologist and writer.
Camões Award in 2013, Mia Couto is the author, among others, of "Jesusalém", "The Last Flight of the Flamingo", "Vozes Anoitecidas", "Abensonhadas Stories", "Terra Sonâmbula", "A Varanda do Frangipani" and "A Confession of the Lioness".
Translated into more than 30 languages, the writer was also distinguished with the Vergílio Ferreira Prize, in 1999, the União Latina Prize for Romance Literatures, in 2007, and the Eduardo Lourenço Prize, in 2011, for his work as a whole, among others distinctions.
"Terra Sonâmbula" was elected one of the 12 best African books of the 20th century, and "Jesusalém" was among the 20 best fiction books most published in France, in the choice of France Culture radio and Télérama magazine.