Aidoo, Lamonte, and Daniel F. Silva, editors. Lusophone African Short Stories and Poetry after Independence: Decolonial Destinies. Anthem Press, 2021.

  • André Corrêa de Sá University of California, Santa Barbara
Keywords: Lusophone Africa, Literature, Post-Independence


For too long, debates in the field of Lusophone African studies tried to stay independent from the ideas of race or racism. Partly, this may have been a response to the fact that a great number of the prominent authors from Angola, Mozambique, or Cabo Verde were, and still are, doing their business within the Portuguese literary industry, both in material and affective terms: They publish their books in Portugal, with Portuguese publishers, and they sell them to a Portuguese audience—the kind of audience that had been instructed over the course of nearly five decades to make its self-image consistent with the New State claim that Portugal was historically a non-racist society.