The book Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida: weaver of worlds past and present, edited by Sheila Khan and Sandra Sousa, has just been released.
This book is a tribute to the work of writer Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida. It showcases numerous contributors from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, united by their love of literature and their critical and social thinking around the interplay between the past and the present. In this space, everyone endeavours to unravel and ascribe meaning (or forge new meanings) to the worlds printed on the pages of a constant reflection on the realm of historical and human experience that permeates her work.
The author belongs to a generation of African descent educated in Portugal who challenge the role of heirs to imperial and post-colonial legacies locally and globally. By forging connections with a European or even American diaspora, Djaimilia encourages us to reevaluate her generation’s place in a world marked by violence, solitude, silence, prejudice, and the imposition of borders.
This book embodies a bold engagement with a citizen and writer who dares to confront the realms of the past, present, and future through active, committed and deeply humanistic writing. The texts featured in this compilation illustrate the richness and diversity of insights that Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida’s work, fostering a critical attitude towards our contemporaneity.