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  •  Saudade
    Title: Saudade
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 01/03/2018
    Price: $19.95
    Publishing status: Active

    A coming-of-age story set in Angola in the period leading up to the
    colony’s independence, Saudade focuses
    on a Goan immigrant family caught between complicity in Portuguese rule, and their
    dependence on the Angolans who are their servants. The title (saudade means ‘melancholy’ in
    Portuguese) speaks to the longing for homeland that haunts its characters, and
    especially the young girl who is the book’s protagonist and narrator.

    Peres da Costa’s novella captures with intense lyricism the difficult
    relationship between the daughter and her mother, and the ways in which their
    intimate world opens up questions about domestic violence, the legacies of Portuguese
    slavery, and the end of empire. The young woman’s intellectual awakening unfolds
    into a growing awareness of the lies of colonialism, and the violent political ruptures
    that ultimately lead to her father’s death, and their exile.

    ‘[Her] voice is unique: neither childlike nor grownup, but instead
    by turns gravely articulate, wildly poetic, and hilariously original…a haunting
    and magical vision of childhood.’ Austin

    ISBN: 9781925336634
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