Angola is Wherever I Plant My Field


On Sale: 11/4/22
ISBN: 978-1-957810-01-0
240 pgs| 5.5″ X 8″


Book Description

In this collection of eighteen humorous absurdist stories, Melo weaves together postmodernism, postcolonial realities and Angolan history, through an intrusive narrator and author.  Angola is Wherever I plant My field will make the readers laugh as they reflect on life and society through stories set in Luanda, Haifa, America, and North-Korea. 

Author Bio:

João Melo, born in Luanda, is an author, journalist, and professor. He studied in Coimbra, Luanda, and Rio de Janeiro. He is a founder of the Angolan Writer´s Association. He was a member of the parliament (1992-2017) and a minister of Angola (2017-2019). His works have been published in Angola, Portugal, Brazil, Italy and Cuba. A number of his writings have been translated into English, French, German, Arabic, and Chinese. He was awarded the 2009 Angola Arts and Culture National Prize in literature.


Praise for Angola is Wherever I Plant My Field

“Melo’s prose reveals to us a master of postmodern techniques of pastiche, interrupted narration, multiple or open endings and the explicit intervention of the narrator (and sometimes even the author) within the narrative plot.”

~Marco Bucaoini, Italian translator and editor  

Angola is Wherever I plant My Field: a collection of apparently simple and absurd short stories that will make you reflect on your own life and society… João Melo will make you laugh first. He will present an absurd situation that, nevertheless it happens so far away from your neighborhood — in Luanda, or North Korea… So, enjoy this book and laugh a lot…”

~ Luis Felipe Lomeli University of Kansas, Author of “Indio borrado”

“Melo’s stories bring to mind the work of Borges and Ishiguro and some ineffable otherness that is his alone.  Discovering his work could be the highlight of a literary career.”

~ Elizabeth McKenzie, Catamaran Literary Reader and Chicago Quarterly Review´s editor

“In Angola is Wherever I plant My Field, João Melo brings up the bitter labyrinths of human existence” 

~Ana Paula Arnauth, Professor, University of Coimbra

“A unique African storyteller… João Melo’s stories present us with male and female relationships in their most realistic, cruel and unsavory imaginable aspects. Melo deconstructs not only the ideas resulting from the post-independence period, which other writers have tackled, but above all he demolishes without any spark of exotism the family institution and the apparently free and equalitarian relationships between men and women in a new society with a bird’s eye view on the bourgeois unit.”

~Pires Laranjeira, Professor Emeritus, University of Coimbra

“What makes the work of Melo unique within the literature of Angola is the way he shows the inconsistencies and contradictions in the attitudes of the emerging Angolan bourgeoisie with a detached and deeply ironic humor. His humor, however, is couched in a warmth and humanity that calls to mind the great 19th-century Brazilian fictionalist, Machado de Assis.” 

~David Brookshaw, Emeritus Professor in Luso-Brazilian Studies, University of Bristol

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