Contraponto interview with Prof. Carlos A. Almeida on Chiquinho: A Novel of Cabo Verde

Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 11:00 am. Listen live at 97.3FM,, WJFD Radio App or iHeart Radio!

Contraponto 21 marco 2021

Dear Friends,

Please join us and tune in to WJFD Radio FM for Contraponto, a program series sponsored by the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, and the Luso-American Development Foundation.   

This Sunday, March 21, at 11:00 am, Irene Amaral will welcome featured guest Prof. Carlos A. Almeida, Director of the LusoCentro at Bristol Community College, for a discussion of Chiquinho: A Novel of Cabo Verde by Baltazar Lopes (Tagus Press, 2019).

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Originally published in Portuguese in 1947, Baltazar Lopes’s Chiquinho offers a rich and compelling exploration of Cabo Verde’s unique identity. Tracing the arc of its young protagonist’s life as he approaches adulthood, the novel follows Chiquinho as he leaves his village, journeys to São Vicente Island to further his education, returns home as drought and famine strike the archipelago, and makes the difficult decision to join his father in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

BALTAZAR LOPES (1907–1989) was a poet, novelist, short story writer, and linguist who helped shape modern Cabo Verdean fiction.

CARLOS A. ALMEIDA is Assistant Professor of Portuguese and the Director of LusoCentro at Bristol Community College. He is a co-translator of Chiquinho along with Professor Isabel Fêo Rodrigues of Sociology/Anthropology (UMASSD) and Professor Anna M. Klobucka, Graduate Program Director of the Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory Program (UMASSD).  He, again with Professor Isabel Fêo Rodrigues, co-authored the essay "Translating Chiquinho and Cabo Verde."

Chiquinho: A Novel of Cabo Verde is volume 13 of the Adamastor Series, edited by Victor K. Mendes (UMass Dartmouth) and Ricardo Vasconcelos (San Diego State University).

To purchase Chiquinho: A Novel of Cabo Verde, please visit the University of Massachusetts Press website

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