The Word Tree

Gersao, Teolinda

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Synopsis: Teolinda Gersão paints an extraordinarily evocative picture of childhood in Africa and the stark contrast between warm, lush, ebullient Mozambique and the bleak, poor, priggish Portugal of Salazar. 'Salazar's forty-year dictatorship in Portugal and that country's colonial wars in Africa cast their long shadow over Teolinda Gersao's The Word Tree. This is the first of Gersao's novels to be translated into English. As the Mozambican Laureano reflects,' the men crossing the sea from Lisbon didn't want that absurd war either'. Laureano's wife Amelia had come to the country from Portugal in search of a better life, but mentally never leaves her homeland, whereas her daughter Gita loves the country and grows up to resent the colonial presence. There are lush descriptions of the country, while the racial order is starkly spelt out: Amelia 'clings to the belief that fair-skinned people are the very top of the racial hierarchy, and that dark-skinned Portuguese people are almost at the bottom, just above the Indians and the blacks'. Adrain Tahourdin in The Times Literary Supplement Margaret Jull Costa's translation was awarded The Calouste Gulbenkian Portuguese Translation Prize for 2012.

About the Author: Teolinda Gersão is the author of 12 novels and short-story collections, which have been translated into eleven languages. Her work has brought her many prizes, including the Pen Club Prize for best novel (twice),the Literature Prize from the International Critics' Literary Association and the Grand Prix for Novel and Short-Story from the Portuguese Writers´ Association. Her short stories have been published in various American anthologies and literary journals, but The Word Tree is the first of her novels to be published in the USA.

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