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'Confession of the Lioness' is a somber dance of hunter and hunted

'Confession of the Lioness' is a somber dance of hunter and hunted

Mia Couto's somber and masterfully wrought novel "Confession of the Lioness" examines a village in danger, a place where "the border between order and chaos was being erased." Women of Kulumani, a small village in Mozambique, are being attacked by lions with increasing frequency. Miriamar, at 32, is the eldest and only surviving daughter of Hanifa and Genito. Her sister, Silência, is the lions' most recent victim. Desperate to end the attacks, the village sends for a hunter, Archangel Bullseye. But Bullseye quickly learns that staying ahead of danger in Kulumani means studying the men as much as the cats. "Confession of the Lioness" sings...

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