Leite, Ana Mafalda / Khan, Sheila / Falconi, Jessica / Krakowska, Kamila (eds)
Speaking the Postcolonial Nation
Interviews with Writers from Angola and Mozambique
Translated by Luis R. Mitras
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2014. 271 pp., 14 maps
Reconfiguring Identities in the Portuguese-Speaking World. Vol. 3
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Book synopsis
This volume brings together interviews on the topic of the postcolonial nation and its narrations with prominent writers from Angola and
Mozambique. The interviewees offer personal insights into the history of post-independence Angola and Mozambique and into the role of
the intellectual elite in the complex processes of deconstructing colonial heritage and (re)constructing national identity in a multinational or
multiethnic state. Their testimonies provide a parallel narrative that complements the many fictional narrators found in Angolan and Mozambican
novels, short stories and poems. The authors interviewed in the book are Luandino Vieira, Ana Paula Tavares, Boaventura Cardoso, José
Eduardo Agualusa, Ondjaki and Pepetela from Angola; and João Paulo Borges Coelho, Marcelo Panguana, Mia Couto, Paulina Chiziane,
Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa and Luís Carlos Patraquim from Mozambique.
Contents: David Brookshaw: Foreword – Interview with Luandino Vieira – Interview with Ana Paula Tavares – Interview with Boaventura
Cardoso – Interview with José Eduardo Agualusa – Interview with Ondjaki – Interview with Pepetela – Interview with João Paulo Borges Coelho
– Interview with Marcelo Panguana – Interview with Mia Couto – Interview with Paulina Chiziane – Interview with Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa –
Interview with Luís Carlos Patraquim.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
Ana Mafalda Leite is professor of African literature at the University of Lisbon. Her areas of research include Mozambican literature, African
cultures and literatures in the Portuguese language, oral literature and postcolonial studies. Her recent publications include Oralidades &
Escritas Pós-Coloniais (2012).
Sheila Khan is a researcher at the Centre for Research in Social Sciences at the University of Minho. Her publications include The Lusotropical
Tempest: Postcolonial Debates in Portuguese (2012) and Imigrantes Africanos Moçambicanos: Narrativa de Imigração e de Identidade e
Estratégias de Aculturação em Portugal e na Inglaterra (2009).
Jessica Falconi is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and lectures in Portuguese literature at
the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’. Her doctoral thesis was published in Italy under the title of Utopia e conflittualità: Ilha de Moçambique nella
poesia mozambicana contemporanea (2008).
Kamila Krakowska is working towards her doctorate in Brazilian and Mozambican literature at the University of Coimbra, having previously
studied at the University of Wrocław. She has published articles on national identity in the work of Mário de Andrade and Mia Couto.
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