#21 Venenos de Deus, Remédios do Diabo – Mia Couto

Title

Venenos de Deus, Remédios do Diabo

Author

Mia Couto

Genre

Novel

Readability

Easy. Mainly dialogs.

Engagement

Low. The story is very simple.

Score

score-4

Title (Original)

Venenos de Deus, Remédios do Diabo

Year of Publication

2008

Cover

Venenos de Deus Remedios do Diabo - Mia Couto

Short Description & Notes

Venenos de Deus, Remédios do Diabo is a book about a Portuguese doctor who travels to the African village of Vila Cacimba with the purpose of find his gone lover. With this secret objective he uses the excuse of working in the control of a meningitis outbreak. Once in her lover’s hometown, Dr. Sidónio is surprised by the mystery that surrounds her disappearance and by her parents’ strange way of living. He will discover many secrets and his own past will be unveiled. This doctor will question the meaning of life and death and will discover that these two states are not always completely separated. A simple story written on Mia Couto’s unique style that makes you want to underline almost every sentence. Problems as Africa’s AIDS epidemics and women’s inferior social position are approached. The fun moments are many and sometimes I found myself laughing alone while reading this book.

“O jovem médico português Sidónio Rosa, perdido de amores pela mulata moçambicana Deolinda, que conheceu em Lisboa num congresso médico, deslocou-se como cooperante para Moçambique em busca da sua amada. Em Vila Cacimba, onde encontra os pais dela, espera pacientemente que ela regresse do estágio que está a frequentar algures. Mas regressará ela algum dia? Entretanto vão-se-lhe revelando, por entre a névoa que a cobre, os segredos e mistérios, as histórias não contadas de Vila Cacimba — a família dos Sozinhos, Munda e Bartolomeu, o velho marinheiro, o administrador, Suacelência e sua Esposinha, a misteriosa mensageira do vestido cinzento espalhando as flores do esquecimento.” – Goodreads: Poisons Of God, The Devil Remedies

Remarkable Quotes

“O destino das mulheres é serem culpadas. A idade torna-as ainda mais donas de perigosos saberes.”

“Deolinda franziu o sobrolho. Empurrou o português de encontro à parede, colando-se a ele. Sidónio não mais regressaria desse abraço.”

“Quando se trata de dinheiro, amanhã é coisa que nunca chega.”

“O tempo é o lenço de toda a lágrima.”

Fun Facts

The book itself is really funny.

The names of the characters are surrounded by double meanings (e.g. Alfredo Suacelência).

Although it may not seem at the first sight, the title of the book eventually makes sense.

Mia Couto’s book Sleepwalking Land was recognized as one of the best African books of the twentieth century.

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