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A Quinta Essência de Agustina Bessa-Luís : la saveur aigre-douce de Macao
Université Paris Sorbonne-Paris IV.ORCID iD: 000-0002-7975-8898
2011 (French)In: Revista Portuguesa Humanidades, ISSN 0874-0321, Vol. 15, no 2, 69-83 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the narrative A Quinta Essência Agustina Bessa-Luís proposes an original reading of the Portuguese postcolonial History, by reinvesting the topics of the intercultural relation and the meeting with the Other. In fact, in the troubled context of April 1974, the character of Jose Carlos Pessanha expatriates towards the East, more precisely towards Macao, one of the last Eastern colonies of the Portuguese colonial Empire. However, the characteristic of this tour of rediscovery of the East is that it makes the destiny of a character in search of himself coincide with the questioning of a country still looking for its own identity. Thus, in this voyage backwards into the Luso-Eastern History, the Author draws the portrait of a Nation-Empire split between the desire of incarnating this “genetic superiority of the Occident” and the fascination for the culture of the Other, symbolizing an “excess of otherness” (B. of Sousa Santos) in the Portuguese identity. Macao, will be the territory of an “entre-deux” and an intercultural circulation, as well as an emblematic ground to the expression of the “ambivalent and hybrid” position (colonizing/colonized) of Portugal in the Occident. As a consequence, the uncomfortable “non-inscription” (J. Gil) and the “nomadism” (Deleuze/Guattari) which characterizes José Carlos Pessanha, would be a reflection of yesterday’s and today’s Lusitanian epopee.

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Braga, Portugal, 2011. Vol. 15, no 2, 69-83 p.
Keyword [en]
Agustina Bessa-Luís, History, The East, Portuguese identity, Otherness, nomadism
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Humanities General Literature Studies Specific Literatures
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-17032OAI: diva2:792010
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