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Paulina "Poulli" Chiziane born 4 June , Manjacaze, southern province of Gaza, Mozambique is an author of novels and short stories in the Portuguese language. She studied at Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo. At home she spoke Chopi and Ronga. Chiziane w Paulina "Poulli" Chiziane born 4 June , Manjacaze, southern province of Gaza, Mozambique is an author of novels and short stories in the Portuguese language.
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At turns in the story I was left laughing while going, "What?! The head of an animal represents the head of the family. The head of the family is the man. We learn the cultural differences between the North and the South, the lives women are expected to lead, how the Portuguese and Christianity changed norms for better and worse. There's explanations but it never feels like a textbook, and as a result the lessons are more powerful. Chiziane's prose is fresh, flowing in rhythms that delight.
She's also unabashedly feminist, questioning the system and its logic at every turn. Rami fights against the customs, doing everything she can to secure the best life for herself and the other wives. I found myself cheering for her, getting giddy when a bit of revenge hit its mark. I also wallowed with her in despair, shaking a mental fist at the injustices of the world.
The First Wife isn't an easy read but I'm so glad I tackled it. It opened my eyes to part of the world I knew nothing about and taught me things in the close, personal way that fiction can. Thanks to Archipelago and Edelweiss for providing a review copy. The book could be considered to be pretty typical women's fiction fare as it centres on Rami's efforts to keep her straying husband, Tony, by her side.
However Chiziane's powerful writing and gorgeous prose lift The First Wife way above its genre and I absolutely loved reading it. The poetical sweeps of language are frequently breathtaking and Brookshaw has done a superb job of their transl When I realised The First Wife was the first published novel by a Mozambican woman I was eager to read it. The poetical sweeps of language are frequently breathtaking and Brookshaw has done a superb job of their translation. I never once felt distracted by an awkward phrase. Chiziane shows us Mozambique life and society through the eyes of her narrator, Rami, highlighting the differences between men and women, north and south, tradition and modernity.
It's for books like this that I love searching out world literature - my preconceptions about lifestyle and marriage choices have been challenged by views from a totally different culture and yet I could still strongly identify and empathise with Rami and her views on what it means to be a woman.
We see, smell and taste love and betrayal, faith and hypocrisy. I would urge everyone who enjoys beautifully constructed sentences to rush out and buy this book as well as literary and women's fiction fans. The First Wife is often a far from a happy tale, but I found it an absolute joy to read. See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits As I contemplated changing my college major again to anthropology I read a lot of ethnographies.www.stuwebsports.com/wp-content/guam/3630.php
Niketche: Uma História de Poligamia by Paulina Chiziane
The First Wife by Paulina Chiziane is a lot like ethnography as it examines the roles of men and women in Mozambique. Despite being a Catholic and Christian country, traditional customs still prevail and an informa As I contemplated changing my college major again to anthropology I read a lot of ethnographies. Despite being a Catholic and Christian country, traditional customs still prevail and an informal system of polygamy is still practiced. The voice in the book is so unique as she manages to balance humor and deep pathos as we follow Rami on her quest for justice so she and other women can be treated equally as human beings.
I am so glad I found this book and I will be thinking about it for a long time. A challenging but nonetheless rewarding read. The First Wife tackles head on the Mozambican tradition of polygamy, exploring its pains as well as rare pleasures through the eyes of Rami as she tries to keep track of her slippery husband Tony. In the process she builds a rambunctious family of wives who give as good as they get, and through whom Rami discovers her own strength.
Chiziane fights misogyny in the best way, pointing out its ridiculousness until it reaches the point of farce - although A challenging but nonetheless rewarding read. Chiziane fights misogyny in the best way, pointing out its ridiculousness until it reaches the point of farce - although the true sadness is never far from the surface.
Thanks to net galley for the chance to read this. Once again I was reading about woman, who discovers after many years together that her man has been unfaithful. In Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi's short story Nami finds out the existence of co-wife too late to make any difference. Rami's whole world is shattered upon the discovery of infidelity of her husband.
He hasn't got only one concubine, oh no, but four. Still, contrary to her initial intentions, Rami sets on a different course than expected. Tony collects new shiny loves like a magpie. Ther Once again I was reading about woman, who discovers after many years together that her man has been unfaithful. Therefore instead of fighting off each other, let's turn the table together on him.
Since he is so keen on having multiple women at the same time, let's give him a polygamous household with everything that it involves. I think Paulina Chiziane is sending a message here - polygamy is wrong, but if we, women, work together, we will be able to make a difference.
This reminds me of the Chinese movie "Rise the red lanterns", an adaptation of Su Tong's novella.
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Student is married into the polygamous household, where she quickly becomes involved in the fight between concubines for privileges and power. Zhimou did something particularly interesting. By hiding from viewers the husband's face, that faceless man becomes an allegory of politic system. Anyway, the novel is superbly translated. It's written in beautiful, evocative style. Paulina grew up on different storytelling traditions than European readers. That's very obvious, though. For example many repetitions, which, in fact, are the author's own morals and opinions on social issues.
I think it should have ended after view spoiler [Tony's fake death hide spoiler ]. This way Rami'd get some sense of closure and be able to move on with her life.
I also didn't like we vs them dichotomy. I received a review copy of this title from Archipelago Books via Netgalley. This is a challenging book to read for several reasons. It is a sad fact that women in Mozambique, even in the twenty first century, have extraordinarily tough lives and the author does not hold back from describing the hardships that women face on a daily basis in this country.
The story is told from the point of view of a woman named Rami who is in her forties and is tired from trying to raise her five children alone. Rami reaches her breaking point when one of her sons breaks the window of a car while playing ball and she has to take care of the situation by herself. Rami suspects that her husband, Tony, is not only kept away from home by his career but she also thinks he has another woman stashed away somewhere in the city. Through local gossips she learns the name of this woman and goes to her home and confronts her.
Rami is shocked to find out that Tony is not only seeing another woman, but he has another family and home with this woman that includes four children and one on the way. The only family that Tony sees on a regular basis is his fifth, most recent and youngest wife. The other women and children suffer from the lack of a partner and male figure in their homes and they are dependent on Tony for whatever money he happens to throw their way every month on his sporadic visits.
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There is an underlying tone of humor as a battle of wills ensues between Tony and his five wives who have now joined together to force him to become a proper husband. Rami makes Tony accept the bride price from each family and recognize each woman as a proper wife. Even though Rami is his only wife by law, the acceptance of the bride price is an acknowledgement of marriage in Mozambique culture. The wives draw up a conjugal rota in which Tony spends one week at each house and the women have a meeting to discuss his health and his mood before they pass him off to the next wife.
There is a lot of repetition in the text as Rami constantly laments her loneliness and inadequacies. The emphasis on cultures in the north of Mozambique versus those in the south are oftentimes reiterated. The style of writing reminded me of epics like the Iliad and Odyssey which are prone to repetition because of their origins as oral literature. In addition, each wife is assigned a sort of epithet that is repeated throughout the text: Rami-the first wife, Julieta-the abandoned one, Saly the feisty wife, Maua the youngest.
Niketche: Uma História de Poligamia
These titles for the women were very helpful in remembering each wife and her role in the polygamist family. Chiziane, the first published female author in Mozambique, brings out into the open the harsh reality of life for women in her native country. But Rami, her main character, becomes a role model for all women to take charge of their lives instead of passively accepting the dominance and suppression forced on them by the old customs in their culture.
As Rami and the other wives ban together they realize that they are stronger as a unit and eventually they come to realize that Tony is no longer so important to them and he loses his power over this family. This is quite a remarkable book, passionate, lyrical, intense and deeply illuminating about Mozambican society and the position of women within it. The very intensity of the prose makes it quite a challenging read, especially as it is also repetitious and unrelenting, but any criticisms I might have of it as a novel are outweighed by its intrinsic worth as a work from an African writer opening up her country to a wider international readership.
The plot, such as it is, is essentially a simple on This is quite a remarkable book, passionate, lyrical, intense and deeply illuminating about Mozambican society and the position of women within it. The plot, such as it is, is essentially a simple one. Rami discovers that her much-loved husband Tony is unfaithful to her. Her approach to this universal situation is a particular one — she forces him to marry his other women. How she gets his other lovers to go along with her, and the reasons she proffers for polygamy, make for some fascinating and thought-provoking reading.
Polygamy, post-colonial society, prejudice within Mozambican society, the position of women, tradition versus modernity, sexual practices within the society and the legacy of Christianity — all these are explored as the novel progresses. Paulina Chiziane is the first woman from Mozambique to be published an interesting fact in itself and is considered one of the country's most important writers.
Okay, let's see a show of hands. How many men think that polygamy is a reasonable alternative to monogamy? How many women think that polygamy is a reasonable alternative to monogamy? Let's just say there are few surprises when Rami pours out her pain and disappointment after she learns why her husband doesn't come home except to change his clothes. He has common-law wives and children all over town.
In rural Mozambique polygamy is tolerated, even among the Christians, because women find it difficul Okay, let's see a show of hands. In rural Mozambique polygamy is tolerated, even among the Christians, because women find it difficult to support themselves with little schooling and few resources available.
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So men like Tony, the chief of police, can set up housekeeping with as many pretty young women as they can afford. These wives elevate his status, like car ownership. They allowed the invaders to establish their own models of purity and sanctity. Where there was no polygamy, they introduced it. Where there was, they banned it. And in the end, her story is uplifting. I didn't even know where Mozambique was, much less that this was the first ever novel by a female author published in the country.