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O tema do trauma em Comissao das Lágrimas de António Lobo Antunes e Estacao das Chuvas de José Eduardo Agualusa

Title in English Trauma in Comissao das Lagrimas by António Lobo Antunes and in Estacao das Chuvas by José Eduardo Agualusa


Year of publication 2014
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Études Romanes de Brno
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Web Digitální knihovna FF MU
Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords Portuguese novel; Angolan novel; violence and trauma; post-colonialism; history and fiction
Description The aim of this essay is to compare two novels which could be, due to their thematic and ideology, considered postcolonial: a novel by António Lobo Antunes (Comissao das Lágrimas, 2011) and a novel by José Eduardo Agualusa (Estacao das Chuvas, 1995). The two novels focus on the Angolan post-independence period, pointing out the problems of power, violence and identity. Based on a relation between history and fiction (H. White, L. Doležel etc.), our text pretends to show how the literary representation reflects, in a distopic view, emotional stress and trauma which could not be expressed in a supposedly objective and factual discourse.
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