Edited By Irene Maria F. Blayer and Dulce Maria Scott
Chapter Fourteen: Crossing Worlds: Echoes of Exile in the Narratives of Maria Ondina Braga
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Echoes of Exile in the Narratives of Maria Ondina Braga
DORA NUNES GAGO
Maria Ondina Braga’s life is marked by continuous crossings of worlds, cultures, and languages. These experiences along with the perfectionist demands she makes of herself, become rooted and reflected in her literary works. Born in Braga in January 1932, where she also died (March 2003), this writer travelled to various countries, living in England, France, India (Goa), Angola, Macau, and China. Her travels and experiences in various corners of the world are transposed into her narratives, imbedding in them the marks of exile—both external and internal.
Drawing on the short stories, “A China Fica ao Lado,” “A Morta,” and the novel, Nocturno em Macau, and taking into consideration particularly the author’s experiences in Macau and China, this chapter analyses the manner in which Maria Ondina Braga represents “exile” in a foreign and exotic space. In other words, in this chapter we attempt to understand the mechanisms through which the author constructs exile, and the act of migration, as a decentring of the self that eventually gives rise to a process of identity reconstruction in the midst of alterity. In this context, we shall draw on imagology1 to analyse literary representations of the “Other.” As Pageaux explains, anchored in an intercultural perspective, this method questions “les modalités selon lesquels une societé se voit, se pense en...
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