This is the first book in English devoted solely and specifically to the literature of Sao Tome and Principe. The three essays discuss themes that no critic in any language has dealt with to any serious degree. Ossobo explores three literary themes of Sao Tome and Principe, themes that are unique to this African country:
1) Poetry and stories on the mythic bird of Sao Tome and PrincipeOssobo;
2) Literature that treats the massacre of 1953, often referred to as the massacre of Batepa;
3) Fernando de Macedo and his poetry and drama of the Angolar people, the only written literature on the Angolares, a fascinating peopleSao Tomes Maroons.
The work concludes with an appendix of 23 poems from Sao Tome and Principe.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DONALD BURNESS is a retired professor and founding member of the African Literature Association. Since the 1970s, he has been writing books on Lusophone African literatures. He is the author or editor of eight books on African literature including "Seasons of Harvest: Essays on the Literatures of Lusophone Africa," (co-edited with Niyi Afolabi), and "On the Shoulder of Marti: Cuban Literature of the Angolan War." He lives in Rindge, New Hampshire.
Literature and Literary Criticism/AFRICA