My Father's Wives

My Father's Wives

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Celebrated Angolan musician Faustino Manso has just died, leaving seven wives and eighteen children scattered across southern Africa. His youngest daughter, Laurentina, arrives in Angola from her home in Portugal to trace the story of the father she never knew. My Father's Wives is the story of Laurentina's journey, but this fiction runs paralell with the story of the novel's genesis, as both the writer and his characters travel the southern African coast from Angola through Namibia, South Africa and Mozambique.

'Rich in historical sidelights and deft character-sketches.... A radiant humour and humanity speeds his novel through its picaresque twists and turns.' Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

'An artful mix of fact, reportage, politics, poetry and personal confession, not to mention mountainous dollops of sheer unadulterated invention – all dispatched in short episodic chapters and musical, rhythmic prose ... Agualusa, master of multiple perspectives, remains impressively in control. The result is a giant melting pot, exuding intoxicating fumes of love and death that permeate the exotic, chaotic sweep of southern Africa.' Guardian 

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About the author

  • Jose Eduardo Agualusa

    Jose Eduardo Agualusa was born in Huambo, Angola, in 1960. He has published seven novels, including Creole, which was awarded the Portuguese Grand Prize for Literature and is a bestseller in seven countries. Agualusa won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2007 for the English translation of his novel The Book of Chameleons, translated by Daniel Hahn. He is the first African writer to win the award since its inception in 1990.

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