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O Retorno by Dulce Maria Cardoso
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Jun 14, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: portuguese, borrowed, 2012
Recommended to Mady by: Flor, Patricia
Recommended for: Alexandra, Diogo
Read in June, 2012

It's been a long time since I last read a book from a new (for me) Portuguese writer. This came highly recommended, so unsurprisingly I really enjoyed it!

This is about the return in 1975 of Portuguese people (this was allowed mostly only to the "white" ones) to Portugal mainland when the former African colonies were on the verge to become independent. Back then the population in Portugal increased about 10% in a very short period of time and many of these had been born in Africa or did not have roots/family ties in Portugal anymore. The return to a country that had just been through a revolution and was still dealing with a political turmoil was less than welcomed and was another happening that the Portuguese society had to adjust back then.

Of course, I knew about this situation from recent Portuguese history since I've met people who lived through this. However, I'd never really understood how this had happened and how difficult it was for these people. They had to leave everything behind as they started fearing for their own lives but arrived in a new place with only a suitcase and somehow tried to manage to reshape their lives in new schools, finding new jobs, looking for a place to live...

I've learned a lot about this troubed period while reading the book and could confirm that my friends recommendations do not fail. However, this is not always an easy book to read and at times I had a very small and in pain heart.
Looking forward to having the chance to read more from Dulce!
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06/03/2012 page 30
06/05/2012 page 153
57.0% "Estou a gostar muito! Mas o meu coracao está a ficar pequenino, pequenino :("
06/05/2012 page 153
57.0% "Estou a gostar muito! Mas o meu coracao está a ficar pequenino, pequenino :("
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Tania A seguir passa para mim, por favor ;-)

Mady ok! já avisei a dona :)

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