Books set in Cape Verde (5)


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Chiquinho : A Novel of Cabo Verde by Baltasar Lopes da Silva EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Africa / Cape Verde flag Cape Verde
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Originally published in Portuguese in 1947, Baltazar Lopes's Chiquinho offers a rich and compelling exploration of Cabo Verde's unique identity. Tracing the arc of its young protagonist's life as he approaches adulthood, the novel follows Chiquinho as he leaves his village, journeys to São Vicente Island to further his education, returns home as drought and famine strike the archipelago, and makes the difficult decision to join his father in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Reflecting the challenges faced by the Creole intellectuals of the so-called Claridade generation, this long-overdue English t... continue


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Fables and Fairy Tales of Cape Verde by R. I. J. ROULHAC EN

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Country: Africa / Cape Verde flag Cape Verde
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The exotic, remote and unknown islands of Cape Verde play host to a trio of stories created in part from the imagination of visionary R. I. J. ROULHAC, actual historical archives and cultural Cape Verdean folklore. While tackling issues of Racism, Environmentalism, Socialism and Colonialism that plague Cape Verde still to this very day, tales of swashbuckling pirates, lost treasure and mystical mermaids splash over the pages.

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The Last Will and Testament of Senhor Da Silva Araújo by Germano Almeida EN

Rating: 4 (4 votes)
Country: Africa / Cape Verde flag Cape Verde
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"In his will, Senhor da Silva Araujo has left a memoir that is a touching web of elaborate self-deceptions. He desired so ardently to prosper, to be taken seriously, and to join (perhaps, if they would have him) the exclusive Gremio country club. But most of all, he wanted to be a good man. And yet, shady deals, twists of fate, an illegitimate child: such is the lot of poor, self-critical Senhor da Silva Araujo. A bit like Calvino's Mr. Palomar in his attention to protocol and in his terror of life's passions; a bit like Svevo's Zeno (a little pompous, a little old-fashioned, and often hapless... continue

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The Madwoman of Serrano by Dina Salústio EN

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Country: Africa / Cape Verde flag Cape Verde
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The first novel by a female author to be published in Cape Verde, and the first to be translated into English, The Madwoman of Serrano is a magical tale of rural ideals and urban ambition, underpinned by an exploration of female empowerment. Serrano is an isolated village where a madwoman roams. But is she really mad or is she marginalised because she is wise and a woman? Could her babbling be prophecy? One day a girl falls from the sky and is found in the forest by Jeronimo. The villagers are suspicious of the newcomer, but Jeronimo falls in love with her. When she gives birth and disappears,... continue