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Speaking the Postcolonial Nation

Interviews with Writers from Angola and Mozambique


Edited By Ana Mafalda Leite, Sheila Khan, Jessica Falconi and Kamila Krakowska

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.
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Interview with Ana Paula Tavares


ANA PAULA RIBEIRO TAVARES, poet and historian, was born on 30 October 1952 in Lubango, in the province of Huíla, Angola.

As a historian, she collaborates with the Angolan Arquivo Histórico Nacional (National Historical Archive) and has conducted extensive research in the areas of cultural patrimony, ethnology and museums, among others. Currently, her research is focused on Angolan literature. She coordinates a research group on African Literatures and Cultures at the Centre of Lusophone and European Literatures and Cultures at the University of Lisbon.

She is renowned as the Angolan contemporary poet publishing in the post-independence period. Her first book of poetry – Ritos de Passagem [Rites of Passage] – was published in Angola in 1985 and then republished in Portugal in 2007. Since then, she has published several collections of poetry: O Lago da Lua [The Moon Lake] (1999), Dizes-me Coisas Amargas como Frutos [You Tell Me Things As Bitter As Fruits] (2001), Ex-Votos [Former Vows] (2003) and Manual para Amantes Desesperados [Manual for Desperate Lovers] (2005). She is also an author of two volumes of chronicles: Sangue da Buganvília [Blood of Bougainvillea] (1998) and A Cabeça de Salomé [The Head of Salomé] (2004). In 2005, she wrote a novel, co-authored by Manuel Jorge Marmelo, Os Olhos do Homem que Chorava no Rio [The Eyes of the Man Who Cried in the River]. Her poems and chronicles have been translated into several languages and published in anthologies in Spain, France, Germany and Sweden...

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