Roundtable Discussion of Chiquinho: A Novel of Cabo Verde

UMass Dartmouth, Claire T. Carney Library, Grand Reading Room - March 1, 2019, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Livro Chiquinho. A Novel of Cabo Verde

The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture/Tagus Press announces the roundtable discussion of Chiquinho: A Novel of Cabo Verde.

The Book
Chiquinho: A Novel of Cabo Verde
Baltazar Lopes
Translated by Isabel P. B. Fêo Rodrigues and Carlos A. Almeida with Anna M. Klobucka
Introduction by Ellen W. Sapega

Date: March 1, 2019, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Place: UMass Dartmouth - Claire T. Carney Library - Grand Reading Room (map).


  • Hermínio Moniz, Consul General of Cape Verde
  • Ellen W. Sapega, University of Wisconsin
  • João Rosa, Bridgewater State University
  • Carlos Almeida, Bristol CC / UMass Dartmouth
  • Isabel Rodrigues, UMass Dartmouth
  • Ricardo Rosa, UMass Dartmouth
  • Junior Bettencourt, Cape Verdean Student Association, UMass Dartmouth

Refreshments will be served. Please use Parking Lot 13.

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About the book

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. Reflecting the challenges faced by the Creole intellectuals of the so-­called Claridade generation, this long-­overdue English translation of Chiquinho is sure to appeal to academic audiences as well as the general reader.

"In this founding text of Cabo Verdean fiction, Baltasar Lopes explores the multiple contradictions faced by the archipelago's inhabitants in the early decades of the twentieth century. Like the morna, whose haunting melodies and lyrics evoke a silent, melancholy revolt, Chiquinho lays bare colonial Cabo Verde's geographic and economic precarity."—Ellen W. Sapega, author of Consensus and Debate in Salazar’s Portugal: Visual and Literary Negotiations of the National Text, 1933-1948

Author, Translators, and Contributors

  • Baltazar Lopes (1907–1989) was a poet, novelist, short story writer, and linguist who helped shape modern Cabo Verdean fiction.
  • Ellen W. Sapega is a professor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
  • Isabel P. B. Fêo Rodrigues is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
  • Carlos A. Almeida is associate professor of Portuguese and the director of LusoCentro at Bristol Community College.
  • Anna M. Klobucka is professor of Portuguese and women’s and gender studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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