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La caída by Albert Camus ES

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Description:
La obra literaria, periodística y filosófica de Albert Camus (1913-1960) sirvió de orientación ética y de estímulo intelectual a la generación europea llegada a la madurez tras la Segunda Guerra Mundial y marcada por los horrores y sufrimientos de la contienda. Publicada en 1956, un año antes de que se le concediera el Premio Nobel, " La caída " fue tras " El extranjero " y " La peste " , la tercera y última novela de Camus, quien reflejó en ella la desesperación del hombre contemporáneo, condenado a vivir en un mundo dominado por el absurdo y forzado a descubrir, tras las ilusiones de la feli... continue

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A General Theory of Oblivion by Jose Eduardo Agualusa EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Angola flag Angola
Description:
WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2017 A finalist for the Man Booker International Prize 2016 The brilliant new novel from the winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. On the eve of Angolan independence, Ludo bricks herself into her apartment, where she will remain for the next thirty years. She lives off vegetables and pigeons, burns her furniture and books to stay alive and keeps herself busy by writing her story on the walls of her home. The outside world slowly seeps into Ludo’s life through snippets on the radio, voices from next door, glimpses of a man fleeing his... continue

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Good morning comrades : a novel by Ondjaki EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Angola flag Angola
Description:
Luanda, Angola, 1990. Ndalu is a normal twelve-year old boy in an extraordinary time and place. Like his friends, he enjoys laughing at his teachers, avoiding homework and telling tall tales. But Ndalu's teachers are Cuban, his homework assignments include writing essays on the role of the workers and peasants, and the tall tales he and his friends tell are about a criminal gang called Empty Crate which specializes in attacking schools. Ndalu is mystified by the family servant, Comrade Antonio, who thinks that Angola worked better when it was a colony of Portugal, and by his Aunt Dada, who liv... continue


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My Father's Wives by José Eduardo Agualusa EN

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Country: Africa / Angola flag Angola
Description:
"Celebrated Angolan musician Faustino Manso has just died, leaving seven wives and eighteen children scattered across southern Africa. His youngest daughter, Laurentina, arrives in Angola from her home in Portugal to trace the story of the father she never knew." "My Father's Wives is the story of Laurentina's journey, but this fiction also runs in parallel with Jose Eduardo Agualusa's story of the novel's genesis, as writer and characters travel the southern African coast, from Angola, through Namibia and South Africa, to Mozambique, meeting extraordinary people and discovering Faustino's sec... continue

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The Book of Chameleons by José Eduardo Agualusa EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Angola flag Angola
Description:
This unusual novel about the landscape of memory and its inconsistencies follows Felix Ventura as he trades in a curious commodity—he sells people different pasts. He can create entirely new pasts full of better memories and complete with new lineage or augment existing pasts as needed. Narrated by an exceptionally articulate and rather friendly lizard that lives on Felix’s living-room wall, this richly detailed story explores how people can remember things that never happened—and with extraordinary vividness—even as they forget things that did in fact occur.
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A Practical Guide to Levitation : Stories by Jose Eduardo Agualusa EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Angola flag Angola
Description:
A luminous collection of dryly humorous stories that revel in the surreal and fantastic, from the pen of José Eduardo Agualusa, winner of the International Dublin Literary Award Perfect for readers of Haruki Murakami, Julio Cortázar, and Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift Vividly translated into English for the first time by long-time Agualusa collaborator Daniel Hahn, the jewel-like tales gathered in this collection are an exuberant celebration of story-telling in all its various forms. On the sands of Itamaracá, an old fisherman dreams of fish: shad in the morning, when the water’s smooth and s... continue

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El vendedor de pasados by José Eduardo Agualusa ES

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Angola flag Angola
Description:
Félix Ventura es un personaje peculiar. Además de ser albino, ha escogido un extraño oficio: vendedor de pasados falsos. Después de años de guerra, sus clientes –prósperos empresarios, políticos, generales y la emergente burguesía angoleña– tienen un futuro prometedor. Así que sólo les falta un pasado presentable. Félix les fabrica una genealogía de lujo, memorias felices, e incluso les procura los inevitables retratos de ancestros ilustres. Una noche llega un misterioso extranjero solicitando sus servicios y, de pronto, el pasado irrumpe en el presente en una trama que es también una original... continue
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Teoría general del olvido by José Eduardo Agualusa ES

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Angola flag Angola
Description:
Desde hace tiempo Ludovica Fernández Mano se niega a salir a la calle. Vive puertas adentro con su hermana. Pero su hermana se enamora y se casa, y entonces ambas se mudan con el nuevo marido. El departamento es maravilloso, repleto de libros, sólido, protector. Una noche la pareja sale a una fiesta. En la ciudad, en todo el país, Angola, la revolución y la independencia avanzan. Pasan las horas, pasan los días y la pareja no regresa. Ludovica quita la puerta y levanta una pared. Se encierra, sin pensar como será el mañana. Solo la acompa&ntild... continue

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LA REINA GINGA by Jose Eduardo Agualusa ES

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Angola flag Angola
Description:
Disputada por flamencos y portugueses, reserva de diamantes y esclavos que se vendían en Brasil, el actual territorio de Angola tuvo en el siglo XVII una reina inolvidable y singularísima: Ginga. Guerrera decidida, gobernante lúcida y astuta, reconstruyó su reino varias veces, comandó ejércitos, negoció y batalló con las grandes potencias y con otros reyes africanos, tuvo una ardiente y voraz vida privada y hasta el final de sus días fue dueña de su destino. En esta novela extraordinaria, con una prosa brillante y luminos... continue