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The World of "Mestre" Tamoda

by Uanhenga Xitu, Agostinho André Mendes de Carvalho, Antonio Jacinto (intro), Annella McDermott (trans)

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Angola: União dos Escritores Angolanos + Empresa Nacional de Prospecção, Exploração, Lapidação e Comercialização de Diamantes de Angola, 1989. Hardcover. Green cloth in boards. An extremely rare copy of the Angolan publication of the first English translation of Xitu's classic "Mestre" Tamoda stories. Near Fine book in a Near Fine dust jacket. Minor shelfware and dust soiling to edges. Binding tight and square. Interior unmarked other than and a price penciled on the front free endpaper. 159 pages.

Introduction by Antonio Jacinto, translated by Annella McDermott. Cover art by Henrique Abranches. Originally published in Portuguese in Angola in 1974 as Os Discursos do 'Mestre' Tamoda. This edition "Published jointly in the Popular Republic of Angola by agreement between the Author, the Union of Angolan Authors and the ENDIAMA-UEE, to by used as an offer by the three entities, with no commercial purposes."
Xitu conceived these stories while serving twelve years in a Portuguese prison for his political activities supporting independence for Angola. The World of "Mestre" Tamoda is the first of eleven books. Set in the 1940s, the tales in this book are divided into three sections: '"Mestre" Tamoda' introduces us to the prolix Tamoda, who refers to a toothpick as a 'wooden dental probe.' In 'The Village,' Tamoda displays his 'verbal dexterosity' at a funeral and a soccer match. 'The Town,' the best in the collection, centers on Maraja, a black tennis coach, and Arlete Pinto, the daughter of Portuguese parents. Social climbers, the Pintos are scandalized by their daughter's affair with a 'bush black.' Once, on a visit to Johannesburg, they made Arlete stay in the hotel alone because her skin was 'too dark.' Her great-grandmother, they are loathe to admit, was black. To protest the Pintos' racism, the town stages a mock wedding with Arlete and Maraja as bride and groom. The three stories provide a trenchant and comic insight into prerevolutionary Angola.

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Bookseller
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Bookseller Inventory #
RWARE0000001206
Title
The World of "Mestre" Tamoda
Author
Uanhenga Xitu, Agostinho André Mendes de Carvalho, Antonio Jacinto (intro), Annella McDermott (trans)
Illustrator
Henrique Abranches
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Near Fine
Jacket condition
Near Fine
Quantity available
1
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
União : ENDIAMA
Place of Publication
Angola
Date published
1989
Keywords
Angola, Portugal, war, independence, revolution, MPLA, tribalism, racism, Africa
Bookseller catalogs
Africa; Fiction; Angola; Race, Racism, Prejudice;
Size
12mo
Lccn
94981167

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