Angola, a nation in pieces in José Eduardo Agualusa’s Estação das chuvas

Raquel Ribeiro

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Abstract

In this article, I examine José Eduardo Agualusa’s Estação das chuvas (1996), as a novel that lays bare the contradictions of the MPLA’s revolutionary process after Angola’s independence. I begin with a discussion of the proximity between trauma and (the impossibility) of fiction. I then consider the challenges Angolan writers face in presenting an alternative discourse to the "one-party, one-people, one-nation" narrative propagated by the MPLA). Finally, I discuss how Estação das chuvas, which complicates both truth/verisimilitud and history/fiction, presents an alternative vision of Angola’s national narrative.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-72
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Lusophone Studies
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2016

Keywords

  • Angola
  • lusophone africa
  • agualusa
  • sousa jamba
  • civil war
  • Postcolonial literature

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