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The Utopian Generation (Biblioasis International Translation #47)

The Utopian Generation (Biblioasis International Translation #47)

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Publication Date: August 13th, 2024


A seminal novel of African decolonization available for the first time in English translation.

Lisbon, 1961. To escape surveillance by the dictatorship's secret police, African students meet at the Casa, a campus club, where they dream of the homelands they will free from colonialism. Following four young revolutionaries who dream of building an epic campaign for a liberated, socialist Angola, The Utopian Generation charts the intertwined destinies of Sara, an idealistic doctor; An bal, an intense intellectual; V tor, an aspiring political leader; and Malongo, a party-hopping soccer player. But when repression scatters them, they move from Europe to Africa, from idealism to disillusionment, from terror and battlefield violence to love, loss, grief, corruption, and cold-blooded calculation.

Vast in scope yet intricate and revealing in its insights into the psychological tensions of colonialism, The Utopian Generation is widely considered in the Portuguese-speaking world an essential novel of African decolonization--and is now available in English translation for the first time.

About the Author

Born in Benguela, Angola, Pepetela fought as an MPLA guerrilla from 1969 to 1975, seeing front-line service against the armies of Portugal and apartheid South Africa, as well as rival rebel groups. After Angolan independence, he was Deputy Minister of Education (1976-82) and taught sociology at Agostinho Neto University (1984-2008). Awarded the Camões Prize, the Portuguese language's highest literary award, for his life's work, Pepetela is the author of twenty-one novels that have won prizes in Holland, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and Angola, and have been published in more than twenty languages. He lives in Luanda, Angola.David Brookshaw's many translations include Mia Couto's selected stories Sea Loves Me and his recent novels Woman of the Ashes and The Sword and the Spear. He has translated widely from the literatures of Lusophone Asia and the Azores Islands. Brookshaw is Professor Emeritus of Lusophone Studies at the University of Bristol, England.