Monthly Archives: June 2008

a stab at history

I’m afraid it’s only in Portuguese at the moment (but will soon be available in English)… So for those of you who are interested, I’ve done a review of Purga em Angola by Dalila Cabrita Mateus e Álvaro Mateus. The … Continue reading

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42 days: the view from Luanda

In front of a television in the Angolan capital, Luanda, linked via satellite to BBC World and SKY, I am sitting with a friend. ‘So, Lara, I don’t quite follow what they are saying about 42 days. Is this xenophobia?’ … Continue reading

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by the governor

I pass Mutamba, and climb the small hill home and when I am nearly at the top, panting gently, I notice an old man. An old man of slow motion. He is bending over several shopping bags. They are all … Continue reading

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september 5th

‘I am on the Left, that is why I will vote MPLA.’ ‘But the MPLA is no longer Left. Is it.’ ‘I know. I know. It is the most greedy of capitalisms we see here.’ ‘So why not vote for … Continue reading

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hyper-tension

Remember this? Well, things have progressed since last year. The building of the hotel of sixteen floors is now well underway. The neighbour will soon be another great tower in Luanda’s increasingly unbeautiful baixa. And while we wait for the … Continue reading

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