José Luandino Vieira


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José Luandino Vieira, born in Portugal in 1935, is considered one of the most significant representatives of modern Angolan literature in Portuguese. He was brought up in Luanda and at a young age became involved in Angola’s struggle for liberation from Portuguese colonial rule, where he was arrested by the secret police and sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment. In 1975, he was able to return to a newly independent Angola. He was a founding member of the Angolan Writers’ Union and took part in the creation of radio and television stations. Since 1992, he has been living quietly in northern Portugal. In 2006 he was awarded, but declined for personal reasons, the Camões Prize.



Nosso musseque (“Our Musseque”) is a captivating tale of growing up in one of the vibrant shanty towns, the musseques, of Luanda during the 1940s and 1950s. Weaving back and forwards through his half-remembered childhood, the narrator draws us into a close-knit world of labourers, shopkeepers, drunks, prostitutes and determined women battling to bring up their families, as Angola hurtles towards the beginning of its armed struggle against Portuguese colonial rule. Meanwhile the children laugh, play, squabble and fight, puzzle at racial taunts and move rapidly through adolescence towards sexual awakening and a greater awareness of political realities around them. José Luandino Vieira gives each their own voice. Nosso musseque is an impressive and beautifully rendered portrait of a society on its way toward a self-determined future.


Surprising, delightful and profoundly moving. By the end of the book, we are nostalgic for a place we have never been.

Ann Morgan, author of A Year of Reading the World


By turns earthy, funny and lyrical, it draws on the oral tradition to question stereotypes, the social order and storytelling itself.

Scott Pack, author of the blog Me and My Big Mouth




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A vida verdadeira de Domingos Xavier, Lisbon: Edições 70 1974; Caminho 2003, 116 p

Angola: U.E.A. 1977 Serbia: Treci Trg 2011


Nosso Musseque, Lisbon: Caminho 2003, 192 p.

UK: Dedalus 2015


Nós, os do Makulusu, Lisbon: Sá da Costa 1975; Caminho 2004, 160 p.

Angola: U.E.A. 1977


João Vêncio: os seus amores, Lisbon: Edições 70 1979; Caminho 2004, 96 p.

Angola: U.E.A. 1987


O livro dos rios, Lisbon: Caminho 2006, 140 p.

(first novel of the triology: De rios velhos e guerrilheiros)

Italy: Albatros 2010





A cidade e a infância, Lisbon: Casa dos Estudantes do Império 1960

Angola: U.E.A. 1977


Vidas Novas, Porto: Edições Afontamento 1975

Angola: U.E.A. 1976


Luuanda, Lisbon: Edições 70 1972; Caminho 2004, 160 p.

Angola: ABC 1964 Croatia: Edicije Bozicevic 2016 Spain: El Gall 2011


No antigamente, na vida, Lisbon: Edições 70 1974 ; Caminho 2005, 176 p.

Angola: U.E.A. 1977


Macandumba, Lisbon: Edições 70 1978; Caminho 2005, 183 p.

Angola: U.E.A. 1978


Lourentinho, Dona Antónia de Sousa Neto & Eu, Lisbon: Edições 70 1981

Angola: U.E.A. 1981


Velhas Estórias, Lisbon: Plátano Editora 1974: Caminho 2006, 200 p.

Angola: U.E.A. 1976



Participation in anthologies:


Angola entdecken!

Germany: Arachne Verlag 2015