The Drinker of Horizons: A Novel (Sands of the Emperor #3) (Paperback)

The Drinker of Horizons: A Novel (Sands of the Emperor #3) By Mia Couto, David Brookshaw (Translated by) Cover Image
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Longlisted for the 2024 Dublin Literary Award

The scintillating conclusion to the critically acclaimed historical saga: the Jan Michalski Prize
winning Sands of the Emperor trilogy.

“[Couto’s] life has been woven into the history of the nation, and he has become the foremost chronicler of Mozambique’s antiheroes: its women, its peasants, even its dead.” —Jacob Judah, The New York Times

In The Drinker of Horizons, the award-winning author Mia Couto brings the epic love story between a young Mozambican woman named Imani and the Portuguese sergeant Germano de Melo to its moving close. We resume where The Sword and the Spear concluded: While Germano is left behind in Africa, serving with the Portuguese military, Imani has been enlisted to act as the interpreter to the imprisoned emperor of Gaza, Ngungunyane, on the long voyage to Lisbon. For the emperor and his seven wives, it will be a journey of no return. Imani’s own return will come only after a decade-long odyssey through the Portuguese empire at the beginning of the twentieth century.

If history is always narrated by the victors, in The Drinker of Horizons, Couto performs an act of restorative justice, giving a voice to those silenced by the horrors of colonialism. Throughout, Couto’s language astonishes, rendering with utter clarity the beauty and terror of war and love, and revealing the devastation of a profoundly unequal encounter between cultures.

About the Author

Mia Couto, born in Mozambique in 1955, is among the most prominent Portuguese-language writers working today. After studying medicine and biology, he worked as a journalist and headed several national newspapers and magazines in Mozambique. Couto has been awarded the Camões Prize for Literature and the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature, among other awards. He was also short-listed for the 2017 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize in 2015. He lives in Maputo, Mozambique, where he works as a biologist.

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Praise for The Drinker of Horizons

"[Couto's] life has been woven into the history of the nation, and he has become the foremost chronicler of Mozambique’s antiheroes: its women, its peasants, even its dead." —Jacob Judah, The New York Times

"In this concluding volume to an ambitious trilogy about the history of Mozambique, Mia Couto wrestles with issues like colonialism, religious conflicts, and notions of family. It’s also subtly subversive; the star-crossed lovers in the narrative are kept separate, and many of the political maneuverings take place offscreen. The result is a moving tale with complex characters that rarely goes where you’d expect." —Tobias Carroll, Words Without Borders

"Epic . . . A careful and affecting conclusion to an ambitious saga." Kirkus Reviews

"[A] satisfying conclusion to [Couto's] Sands of the Emperor trilogy . . . Series fans will enjoy this finale." Publishers Weekly

Praise for the Sands of the Emperor trilogy

“With riveting prose and thorough research, Couto paints [his setting] as a doomed magical space where blind people can see and sighted people are blind, where dreams about the dead guide the living, where fish fall from the sky and the earth spits up weapons. There is not one dull moment . . . Completely enchanting.” —Ayesha Harruna Attah, The Guardian

“Every bit as bewitching as the titles suggest . . . Couto’s storytelling truly soars . . . Couto calls into question the very essence of race and identity, belief and belonging, in Mozambique and beyond.” —Anderson Tepper, The New York Times Book Review

“Exquisite . . . David Brookshaw has captured the African and European nuances in a translation that is poetic, agile, and so beautifully executed that it reads like an original text.” —Miranda France, Times Literary Supplement

“Couto’s mastery lies in his ability to turn his exploration of this slice of history into a commentary on all of human civilization. Richly translated by Brookshaw in words that suggest more than they say, Couto’s tale evokes a sense of timelessness . . . An intriguing combination of folklore, history, and magic realism . . . To be read and reread, savored and analyzed.” —Shoba Viswanathan, Booklist (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250321695
ISBN-10: 1250321697
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: March 12th, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Sands of the Emperor

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