Interviews with Writers from Angola and Mozambique
Edited By Ana Mafalda Leite, Sheila Khan, Jessica Falconi and Kamila Krakowska
Interview with José Eduardo Agualusa
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JOSÉ EDUARDO AGUALUSA ALVES DA CUNHA, born on 13 December 1960 in Huambo, Angola, is a journalist and writer. He studied agronomy and forestry in Lisbon, before becoming a well-known name in world literature. His acute perception and capacity for questioning the roots and cultural richness of Angolan history has offered readers novels such as A Conjura [The Conspiracy] (1989), A Feira dos Assombrados [The Market of the Damned] (1992), Estação das Chuvas (1996; translated as The Rainy Season, 2009), Nação Crioula (1997; translated as Creole, 2002), O Vendedor de Passados (2006; translated as The Book of Chameleons, 2006) and As Mulheres do Meu Pai (2007; translated as My Father’s Wives, 2010). His travel writing includes Um Estranho em Goa [A Stranger in Goa] (2000), Fronteiras Perdidas, Contos para Viajar [Lost borders, travelling tales] (1999) and Lisboa Africana (1993), a collaborative project on Lisbon’s African community.
He currently spends most of his time in Portugal, Angola and Brazil, working as a writer and journalist. His books have been translated into twenty languages. He writes monthly for the Portuguese magazine LER and weekly for the Angolan newspaper A Capital. He hosts the radio programme A Hora das Cigarras, about African music and poetry, on the channel RDP África. In 2006, he launched the Brazilian publisher Língua Geral, with Conceição Lopes and Fatima Otero, dedicated exclusively to Portuguese-language authors.
In your view, how has the Angolan nation been constructed over time, and as a...
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