José Eduardo Agualusa


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in Huambo, Angola
December 13, 1960

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«José Eduardo Agualusa [Alves da Cunha] nasceu no Huambo, Angola, em 1960. Estudou Silvicultura e Agronomia em Lisboa, Portugal. Os seus livros estão traduzidos em 25 idiomas.

Escreveu várias peças de teatro: "Geração W", "Aquela Mulher", "Chovem amores na Rua do Matador" e "A Caixa Preta", estas duas últimas juntamente com Mia Couto.

Beneficiou de três bolsas de criação literária: a primeira, concedida pelo Centro Nacional de Cultura em 1997 para escrever « Nação crioula », a segunda em 2000, concedida pela Fundação Oriente, que lhe permitiu visitar Goa durante 3 meses e na sequência da qual escreveu « Um estranho em Goa » e a terceira em 2001, concedida pela instituição alemã Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. Graças a esta bolsa viveu
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“Há quem confunda a alegria com a felicidade. A alegria não se parece com a felicidade, a não ser na medida em que um mar agitado se parece com um mar plácido. A água é a mesma, apenas isso. A alegria resulta de um entorpecimento do espírito, a felicidade de uma iluminação momentânea. O álcool pode levar-nos à alegria - ou um cigarro de liamba, ou um novo amor - porque nos obscurece temporariamente a inteligência. A alegria pode, pois, ser burra. A felicidade é outra coisa. Não ri às gargalhadas. Não se anuncia com fogo de artifício. Não faz estremecer estádios. Raras são as vezes em que nos apercebemos da felicidade no instante em que somos felizes.”
José Eduardo Agualusa, Barroco Tropical

“In your novels do you lie deliberately or just out of ignorance?"

Laughter. A murmur of approval. The writer hesitated a few seconds. Then counter-attacked:

"I'm a liar by vocation," he shouted. "I lie with joy! Literature is the only chance for a true liar to attain any sort of social acceptance."

Then more soberly, he added - his voice lowered - that the principal difference between a dictatorship and a democracy is that in the former there exists only one truth, the truth as imposed by power, while in free countries every man has the right to defend his own version of events.

Truth, he said, is a superstition.”
José Eduardo Agualusa, The Book of Chameleons

“When people look at clouds they do not see their real shape, which is no shape at all, or every shape, because they are constantly changing. They see whatever it is that their heart yearns for.”
José Eduardo Agualusa, A General Theory of Oblivion

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