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Pensativities: Selected Essays

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Genre Non-fiction

Year 2016

Language English

Volume book: Full version

BY THE FINALIST FOR THE 2015 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE

THE WINNER OF THE 2014 NEUSTADT PRIZE

AND THE WINNER OF THE 2013 CAMÕES PRIZE

"One of the greatest living writers in the Portuguese language." — Philip Graham,

"Subtle and elegant." —

"At once deadpan and beguiling." —

"To understand what makes António 'Mia' Emílio Leite Couto special — even extraordinary — we have to loosen our grip on the binary that distinguishes between 'the West' and 'Africa.' Couto is 'white' without not being African, and as an 'African' writer he's one of the most important figures in a global Lusophone literature that stretches across three continents." —

What would Barack Obama's 2004 campaign have looked like if it unfolded in an African nation? What does it mean to be an African writer today? How do writers and poets from all continents teach us to cross the , the savannah, the barren places where we're forced to walk within ourselves? Bringing together the best pieces from his previously untranslated nonfiction collections, alongside new material presented here for the first time in any language, offers English readers a taste of Mia Couto as essayist, lecturer, and journalist — with essays on cosmopolitanism, poverty, culture gaps, conservation, and more.

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