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Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida: weaver of past and present worlds

Sheila Khan & Sandra Sousa (Eds.)

2023 | UMinho Editora

ISBN:978-989-9074-17 | eISBN 978-989-9074-16-3

This book is a dedication to the work of writer Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida. In it, several contributors, from different places and with unique life trajectories, come together for the love of literature, and critical and social thinking around the relationship between different pasts and presents. In this space, everyone tries to unravel and assign meaning (or create new meanings) to the worlds printed on the pages of a constant questioning to think about the world of historical and human experience, which runs through her work.

The author belongs to a generation of Afro-descendants educated in Portugal who question the role of heirs to imperial and post-colonial processes, both locally and globally. Establishing links with a European or even American diaspora, Djaimilia gives us the opportunity to rethink the place of her generation in a world marked by violence, loneliness, silence, discrimination and the imposition of borders.

This book represents an audacious encounter with a citizen and writer who challenges the world of before, now and the future through active, committed and profoundly humanist writing. The texts included in this collection demonstrate the richness and diversity of analyses that Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida’s work inspires in a critical attitude towards our contemporaneity.