Encounters and Silence between Fathers and Sons: G. T. Didial and J. M. Coetzee

  • Ana Salgueiro Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Keywords: Cabo Verde, South Africa, G.T. Didial, J. M. Coetzee, Fathers and sons


This artice seeks to demonstrate how Cabo Verdean author G. T. Didial’s O Estado Impenitente da Fragilidade and J.M. Coetzee’s The Master of Petersburg revisit an ancient Western mythological tradition (Abraham and Isaac; Oedipus and Laius; Herod and the Massacre of the Innocents). I focus on and how, through a complex rewriting process, both narratives discuss not only the tense relationship between fathers and sons but also the complex relationship between contemporary literatures of post-colonial African cultural systems and the literatures of Western cultural systems

Author Biography

Ana Salgueiro, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Ana Salgueiro is PhD candidate in Culture Studies at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. She holds a Masters in African Lusophone Literature from the University of Lisbon. Her research interests include Insular Studies, Culture Studies, Lusophone African Literature Studies, Memory Studies and Disaster Studies. She is a researcher at UCP-CECC and at UMa-CIERL.