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As Mulheres do Meu Pai

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  313 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Faustino Manso, famoso compositor angolano, deixou ao morrer sete viúvas e dezoito filhos. A filha mais nova, Laurentina, realizadora de cinema tenta reconstruir a atribulada vida do falecido músico. Em As Mulheres do Meu Pai, realidade e ficção correm lado a lado, a primeira alimentando a segunda. Nos territórios que José Eduardo Agualusa atravessa, porém, a ficção partic ...more
Published January 2007
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Rosa Ramôa
Jul 18, 2014 Rosa Ramôa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pode lá um homem deixar maior herança sete viúvas e dezoito filhos?
A filha mais nova tenta reconstruir as mulheres do pai!

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Valentina
"Shvaćaj snove ozbiljno - šapnula je. - Ništa nije tako istinito a da ne bi zavrijedilo da se izmisli."
Središnji lik ovog složenog, svojevrsnog romana ceste, je Laurentina, kćer slavnog angolskog glazbenika Faustina Mansa (navodno velikog ljubavnika koji je iza sebe ostavio 7 žena i 18-ero djece diljem južne Afrike). U želji da sazna istinu o svom porijeklu, Laurentina, zajedno sa zaručnikom Mandumeom, rođakom Bartolomeom i vozačem kombija Malembelembe, Lošom srećom, kreće na put prašnjavim i ne
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Arnold
Apr 30, 2010 Arnold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave The Book of Chameleons 4 stars because I thought it was incomplete. I got the same feeling here though the book was twice as long. I think maybe I could read Agualusa (or at least these two books) forever. These are characters and places that I want to be around, conversations that I want to eavesdrop on, music that I want to listen to, histories and mysteries buried so deep that even Agualusa can't see. He tries though, and this taints the endings just a bit. But I can't fault him for th ...more
jeremy
Jan 16, 2011 jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
josé eduardo agualusa's my father's wives is a sprawling, complex, and ultimately rewarding novel. the angolan writer and journalist has authored well over a dozen books, yet only four, as yet, have been translated into english (each rendered beautifully from the portuguese by daniel hahn). agualusa's masterful storytelling skill is on full display in my father's wives as he seamlessly weaves four narratives into a single epic metafictional tale. set throughout southern africa (angola, namibia, ...more
Patrizia O
Un bel libro che guida il lettore attraverso la storia dell'Africa Australe, un lungo viaggio dall'Angola al Mozambico visto con gli occhi dei diversi personaggi (tra cui lo stesso scrittore che descrive quegli eventi e quelle persone a cui ha ridato vita nella finzione letteraria del romanzo)
Paweł Sobiegraj
Jan 08, 2016 Paweł Sobiegraj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Bardzo ciekawa książka. Interesujący temat, dla mnie niezliczona ilość nowych informacji o południowej części Afryki(wyszło, że jestem ignorantem w tych kwestiach). Ciekawa konstrukcja - to jest książka drogi składająca się ze wspomnień/notatek z pamiętnika różnych bohaterów, które są przeplatane doświadczeniami z podróży autora, jak odkrywał miejsca i postaci, które zostały umieszczone w książce. Na dodatek to jest pierwsza książka, którą przeczytałem a została napisana w oryginale po portugals ...more
Rosalind
Aug 20, 2016 Rosalind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an intriguing, but not an easy book. A number of reviewers have commented on the difficulty of following who the different characters were, to say nothing of the many and varied narrators. It is quite a tease to require one's readers to guess who the narrator is for each chapter, or even each paragraph within a short chapter.

I enjoyed the pictures of Africa, particularly an Africa with which I am unfamiliar, that colonized by the Portuguese. There is lots of mystery and family secrecy a
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Honorata
It took me so long I don't even remember where it all began. The last few chapters were pretty good, but I don't know if recently I've lost the ability to follow many voices in the story, or this book is just way too chaotic. The characters were well created, but the story just didn't keep me interested enough to reach for it more often, and the polyphony made it impossible to follow. After multiple locations, encounters, flashbacks, it is all supposed to connect at the last page - and it doesn' ...more
Kama
Not the best book in the world, but made me want to go to these countries and taste them for myself. :D
orsodimondo
Aug 03, 2014 orsodimondo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NON ESISTONO GRANDI AMORI CHE NON SIANO PERDUTI
Qui si narra la storia di una giovane donna che scopre all’improvviso chi è il suo vero padre, lo scopre quando lui muore, e scopre che era un cantante angolano che ha avuto numerose mogli e amanti e tanti figli da cui tantissimi nipoti. La giovane donna, Laurentina, insieme a un amico e a un fidanzato e a un autista, intraprende un viaggio nell’Africa australe per ricostruire in un documentario la storia di suo padre attraverso l’incontro con mogli
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Ângelo
Jan 09, 2012 Ângelo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A leitura deste livro foi demasiado atribulada, felizmente para mim era um Eduardo Agualusa, assim e devido a esse pormenor fui escorrendo lentamente pelas páginas deste livro. Não é um livro tão fluido como “Nação Crioula”, não tão cativante.
Devo assumir que estava a entrar na zona de desconforto, um certo desinteresse apoderava-se de mim, em parte por minha culpa pois a leitura fui muito espaçada, quando quase no final do terceiro andamento (Agualusa dividiu o livro em quatro andamentos) sou a
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Carmen
Jul 29, 2012 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Não me atrai África, nunca me atraiu, não consigo sentir qualquer fascínio pelas planícies, pelos desertos, pelo calor, pela mistura de gentes, culturas. Apenas me fascinam os animais, mas, também me fascinariam se fossem originários de um outro continente. Revolta-me mais a pobreza, os massacres, as epidemias, a fome, os conflitos tribais, a guerrilha.

Como tal, não conheço, não sei sequer do que falo, apenas do que sinto.

Neste livro, Agualusa transportou-me para África, Angola, Moçambique, Áfri
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Iceman
Dec 30, 2012 Iceman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Por ocasião da morte da mãe, Laurentina, prosaica mulher portuguesa, descobre que aqueles que a criaram não são os seus verdadeiros pais e que é filha de um famoso músico angolano chamado Faustino Manso.

Empreende então uma viagem a Angola acabando por chegar precisamente no dia do funeral de Faustino.

Realizadora de cinema, Laurentina resolve abraçar a sugestão de um dos seus sobrinhos e dá início a um périplo por todos os locais por onde passou Faustino Manso a fim de realizar um documentário so
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Arthur
Nov 28, 2013 Arthur rated it really liked it
Um "road book", se é que existe tal classificação. Mais uma vez Agualusa nos leva à uma viagem por Angola, mas não só ela. Em busca de seu pai biológico, a diretora portuguesa Laurentina (um nome de bebida, assim como dos seus outros dezessete irmãos, de origem moçambicana e ascendência indiana, parte junto de seu amante Mandume - um português negro de origem angolana que não se sente em nada africano, pela África austral, junto do sobrinho de Laurentina, Bartolomeu Falcato (que aparecerá de nov ...more
Joana Marinho
Jan 28, 2016 Joana Marinho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always the beautiful writing.Two stories intertwine somewhere in Africa, from Angola to Mozambique through South Africa and Botswana. A documentary is the opportunity for Laurentina to meet her father's extraordinary life and find her path. A set of strong personalities enlighten this book.
Linda
Mar 16, 2014 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africaaaah
This is mostly fun but a bit tedious nonetheless... It has a meta-structure of the novelist's own (?fictional?)diary notes interspersed with novel chapters, where you see the writer recycle characters and situations from his 'notes'. He also gives away the twist of the story in the second chapter.
On the plus side, the many vignettes are enjoyable and the descriptions are often innovative and poetic. It's a series of wonderful, magical-realist description of the edges of southern Africa but it d
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Carla Gonçalves lopes
Final super surpreendente!
Jane
May 01, 2012 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What first captivated me about the book and kept me reading after the somewhat slow start was the lush, vivid descriptions of Angola, a country I had barely thought about until I read this book.

Then as the characters started to unfold themselves, I became captivated by them as well, and the novel's fascinating commentary on how we create and weave our own stories.

Looking forward to digging into the rest of Agualusa's oeuvre now, after serendipitously stumbling across this at the library.
Bee Halton
One of the first books since ages that totally fascinates me. I do not have a clue about Angola, Portugal or any African country. Agualusa introduces you to a whole new world.
It might be difficult for some readers though as the book is written from the characters different point of views in each chapter. I love this kind of literature as I am a fan of Virginia Wolf who's "To the lighthouse" is written in a similar way. But it is definitely worth a try!
Blackwizard
Um livro de visões, paisagens, músicas e músicos, pessoas, encontros, nascimentos e mortes. Sobretudo uma grande viagem por Angola, África do Sul e Moçambique em jeito de busca de identidade, salvaguardando um humor e uma leveza jazzística. Neste livro aprende-se, convive-se, e fica-se curioso com este continente assustador tornado atraente com as palavras apaixonadas de José Eduardo Agualusa.
Auntie Pam
May 13, 2013 Auntie Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mondo, 2013
La poesia e la bellezza dell'Africa australe sono narrate in modo magistrale in questo romanzo. Storie che si intrecciano nella splendida terra africana, e alla fine sono più interessanti le donne di Faustino che il musicista stesso. Unico neo negativo: spesso é difficile capire subito chi é il narratore visto che cambia ogni poche pagine.
Alice
Mar 02, 2009 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very descriptive and detailed book in which not only the characters develop over the pages but also Africa. An great read! I did find it took me some time to be able to work out who was the narrator in each chapter but as I begun to be able to recognise them over time I was able to fully immerse myself in the story unfolding.
Maria Vasconcelos
Aug 05, 2014 Maria Vasconcelos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always a twist in the story waiting for you in the next chapter. Witty and wise, the depths of Africa are all over it. There is a swing in the writing, very close to South-American Portuguese and Spanish. Found myself smiling very often while reading it.
Victor
Jun 05, 2010 Victor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant book.
The story is so well tied together, everything is connected, the characters are fascinating and their stories captivating.
Couldn't put it down.
Gabriela
Jun 10, 2013 Gabriela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agualusa no seu melhor. Uma viagem por lugares familiares com personagens deliciosos.
Joana Padrel
Feb 03, 2011 Joana Padrel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Riomaria
Nov 09, 2009 Riomaria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uma metanarrativa deliciosa!
Ana
Mar 06, 2012 Ana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im still reading it... ...more
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«José Eduardo Agualusa [Alves da Cunha] nasceu no Huambo, Angola, em 1960. Estudou Silvicultura e Agronomia em Lisboa, Portugal. Os seus livros estão traduzidos em 25 idiomas.

Escreveu várias peças de teatro: "Geração W", "Aquela Mulher", "Chovem amores na Rua do Matador" e "A Caixa Preta", estas duas últimas juntamente com Mia Couto.

Beneficiou de três bolsas de criação literária: a primeira, conce
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