Imaginary Atlantic islands: José Saramago's Iberian utopia and Maria Gabriela Llansol's European 'Communities'

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Abstract

This article analyses Maria Gabriela Llansol's novel Da Sebe ao Ser (1988) and her concept of Europe as an Edenic space in comparison with two texts by the Portuguese Nobel laureate José Saramago, the novel A Jangada de Pedra (1986) and the short story O Conto da Ilha Desconhecida (1999). I demonstrate how Saramago and Llansol have conceived metaphorical Atlantic islands populated with migrant figures, questioning Portugal's complex relationship with Europe, Spain and its own colonial past, and the role of ‘lusofonia’ in a postcolonial Iberia and a post-imperial Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)769-785
JournalBulletin of Hispanic Studies
Volume89
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Maria Gabriela Llansol
  • Jose Saramago
  • community

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