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Voices, Languages, Discourses

Interpreting the Present and the Memory of Nation in Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe


Edited By Ana Mafalda Leite, Jessica Falconi, Kamila Krakowska, Sheila Kahn and Carmen Tindó Secco

This volume brings together a selection of interviews with writers and filmmakers from Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe in order to examine representations and images of national identity in the postcolonial narratives of these countries. It continues and completes the exploration of the postcolonial imaginary and identity of Portuguese-speaking Africa presented in the earlier volume of interviews Speaking the Postcolonial Nation: Interviews with Writers from Angola and Mozambique (2014).

Memory, history, migration and diaspora are core notions in the recreation and reconceptualization of the nation and its identities in Cape Verdean, Guinean and São Tomean literary and cinematographic culture. By assembling different generations of writers and filmmakers, with a wide variety of perspectives on the historical, social and cultural changes that have taken place in their countries, this book makes a valuable contribution to current debates on postcolonialism, nation and identity in these former Portuguese colonies.

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Conceição Lima


Conceição Lima was born Maria da Conceição Costa de Deus Lima on 8 December 1961 in Santana, on the island of São Tomé. In the early 1980s, she went to Portugal to study journalism. Returning to São Tomé, she worked for two newspapers: Revolução and Notícias; and for Rádio Nacional. In 1988, she moved to the United Kingdom where she began a long career with the BBC. In the first half of the 1990s she worked as correspondent for the Portuguese daily newspaper Público and for France Internationale radio. In 1993 she founded the independent magazine O País Hoje. O Útero da Casa [The Womb of the House] was published in 2003, followed in 2006 by A Dolorosa Raiz do Micondó [The Painful Root of the Micondó], while her most recent book is O País de Akendenguê [The Land of Akendenguê] (2011). In 2009 she returned to São Tomé and Príncipe, where she founded and ran the TV show Em Directo, devoted to political debate and broadcast. In December 2010, however, Lima’s contract was not renewed, and the programme was cancelled by decision of the government amongst great protest from other journalists worldwide.

Q. What is São Tomé and Príncipe to you and what does nation mean to you?

A. For me nation is like a house, where everyone is treated equally, although they are different, sharing rights and duties,...

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