EU-Book Club - The Murmuring Coast (A costa dos murmúrios) of Lídia Jorge

Organized by the Consulate General of Portugal in Vancouver and EUNIC Canada-Vancouver, the next appointment with the EU Book Club will be with a Portuguese book:

This captivating tale is told in two parts. The first presents Lídia Jorge's version of a traditional story about a series of supposed incidents set in Beira, Mozambique. The events take place in the final years of Portugal's colonial African wars as an undisclosed narrator describes the military wedding of a young Portuguese ensign and an equally young bride. The wedding is followed by the mass poisoning of hundreds of native Africans and the arrival of a rain of locusts. The story ends grimly with the groom's suicide." "Evita Lopo, the unnamed bride from the first part, narrates the remainder of the story. Twenty years have gone by and she reviews the past and questions the unidentified narrator's rendering of events in the first section. Evita's reminiscences destroy the credibility of the earlier story, and she supplies the reader with a great deal of information that the author of the previous account had suppressed or to which he or she merely alluded. It becomes apparent that betrayal and guilt have motivated all of the characters' actions. (Text: book jacket)

The novel was translated in English by Natália Costa and Ronald W. Sousa

Lídia Jorge (born June 18, 1946) is a prominent Portuguese novelist and author whose work is representative of a recent style of Portuguese writing, the so-called ‘Post Revolution Generation’. Her books have won international recognition and have been published in many countries. Born in the Algarve region of southern Portugal in 1946, she was a school teacher before marrying a Portuguese military man, who served in the Portuguese colonies in Africa, and spent six very influential years in Portuguese-speaking Africa, two in Angola (1968–1970) and four in Mozambique (1970–1974), a time that coincided with the latter period of the Portuguese Colonial War in Africa. The author was divorced in 1977. The Murmuring Coast is the first of her books translated in English.

Saturday, June 15, 2013 – 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Suite 500 - 510 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Presentation and discussion led by Alexandra Henriques

Admission is free, but please register by e-mail: eubookclub.vancouver@shaw.ca

Note: The English translation of the book is published by the University of Minnesota Press and can be ordered from Chapters, or online from Amazon.ca. One copy of the book can be found at the Vancouver Public Library.

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