This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Mozambique guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip.
Pin this image Kalashnikovs and Zombie Cucumbers: Travels in Mozambique (1995) by Nick Middleton – part travelogue and part historical overview – is a highly entertaining read, covering everything from colonial times and the war, to aid and development.
Pin this image With Both Hands Waving: A Journey Through Mozambique (2003) by Justin Fox is another insightful and often humorous look at Mozambique in the early 1990s.
Pin this image Empires of the Monsoon (1998) by Richard Seymour Hall is a scholarly yet easy-to-read book, which covers a broad historical and geographical sweep, including Mozambique, and gives an excellent overview of the influences shaping coastal cultures.
Pin this image A Complicated War: The Harrowing of Mozambique (1993) by William Finnegan examines the roots of Mozambique’s civil war through a series of vivid close-ups on various areas of the country, and is essential reading for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the country’s post-colonial era.
Pin this image Although not travel literature as such, any of the novels of Mia Couto, Mozambique’s foremost author, make an excellent introduction to the country. Two to start with are The Last Flight of the Flamingo (2004) and Sleepwalking Land (2006).
More travel literature reading lists for other destinations can be found here.