My Father's Wives
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