Luuanda: Short Stories of Angola Josè Luandino Vieira. First published in , in Portuguese, and later in (the Heinemann English. Luuanda is a short-story collection and was published in , in Lisbon. The author, José Luandino Vieira, was a political enemy who had. Luuanda é um livro de contos do escritor angolano José Luandino Vieira publicado em pela editora Edições 70 em Lisboa. Este livro é constituído por três.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. These three stories are set in the slums of Angola’s capital, Luanda, during the s and s. Unknown Bindingpages. Published January 1st by Heinemann Educational Books first published To see what your friends luansino of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Luuandaplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. A nice surprise after a hard start. Certainly, the book is a classic of Angolan literature, but it picks up slowly.

José Luandino Vieira (Author of Luuanda)

Before I was halfway through it, I thought I might give up the read at any moment. The Portuguese used is, then, very African. In the first half of the book I had to look up constantly the gloss A nice surprise after a hard start. In the first half of the book I had to look up constantly the glossary at the final pages. Only bit by bit I started getting used to that vocabulary.

The language is African not just for the peculiar vocabulary but also for the morphology and some syntax. Another reason why the read is not easy is the crude poverty described in the three short stories that make up this read. The anti-heroes depicted along the book are always very humble people. The first story is a detailed portrait of an old woman and her grandson facing severe hunger. And the third story was, in my opinion, the best.


That one is when the book has really picked up. It describes, in over 30 pages, a discussion for the possession of an egg. How can the author keep your interest in an egg for so long? View all 5 comments. Nov 07, Lorraine rated it liked it. This is one of the hardest book I’ve read so far this year.

Although quite small, luuand 3 short stories, but long.

The author was imprisoned at the time of writing and he had the luxury of time and interrogate the sociopolitical situation in Luanda at that time. All the stories are a reflection of the abject poverty, the decay and rot vieia the residents found themselves trudging through on a daily basis in order to survive.

There were humorous bits which lifted the desolation in the stories but p This is one of the hardest book I’ve read so far this year.

José Luandino Vieira: Luuanda

There were humorous bits which lifted the desolation in the stories but poverty was palpable. Youth unemployment was rife evident in the first story where a young man, who once found and paid from a piece job, immediately went and bought new clothes to impress a girl while there was nothing to eat at home.

The second story is told, in very lengthy terms, by a man who was jailed for petty theft. In this story a vivid picture is painted of the minutiae things a people with nothing to look forward to do. A very descriptive depiction of the circumstances which led to the narrator’s arrest.

José Luandino Vieira

The third story is very metaphorical. A whole story on a thing. A thing so vulnerable but yet held so much strength. The author vacillated amongst 3 languages. There is a glossary, which I luuandino only at the end of my reading, a reflection of even if I wasn’t familiar with the other 2 languages, their essence were not lost to me.


A very good introduction to stories out of Luanda in the 40’s and 50’s but they could’ve been set today, for nothing much has changed. Fantastic tales “da nossa banda”. Jun 16, Pi. Nov 18, Maria Soares rated it really liked it. Ramona Tudosa rated it really liked it Feb 23, Pocky rated it really liked it Dec 18, Arturo Bandini rated it it was amazing Nov 13, Kukiela rated it really liked it Ljuanda 24, Diogo de Almeida rated it liked it Nov 20, Frank Beyer rated it liked it Sep 03, Ines rated it liked it Sep 13, Talita Abrantes rated it really liked it Jul 20, Gabriela Souto rated it liked it Jun 21, Daniel rated it really liked it Jan 10, Carlos Maduro rated it liked it Nov 15, Emily de Moura rated it ouuanda was ok May 03, Sara Grimozzi rated it it was amazing Feb vieirx, Diana rated it it was amazing Jun 29, Antonia rated it it was amazing Jul 30, Luiz Madeira rated vidira really liked it Dec 24, Marina Candido rated it really liked it Jul 24, There are no discussion topics on this book luandiino.

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