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The Crossing: A Story of East Timor

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East Timor hit the world’s newspaper headlines in August 1999 after its bloody, brave vote for independence from Indonesia—one of the great expressions of a people’s democratic spirit. Exquisitely crafted and evocative, Luis Cardoso’s personal history of his homeland takes as its central image a crossing—from child to adult, Portuguese to Timorese, tolerance to repression, ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Granta UK (first published 1997)
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Lora Grigorova
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All of this trivia aside, East Timor is a country of extremes and a country of transitions. Its search for a national identity is beautifully accounted for in Luís Cardoso’s The Crossing: A Story of East Timor. The destiny of the country is mirrored through the destiny of the little boy, who is forced to leave in exile from his home for a large part of his life. As Takas (his nickname) crosses from childhood to adulthoo
Francesca Forrest
I read this for a personal account of East Timor, and it not only gave me everything I could have hoped for (insight into old beliefs and traditions, a sense of East Timor under Portuguese rule, a sense of what it was like to be in Portugal while the Indonesian invasion and occupation were occurring and what expats got up to), but it was also just beautifully written, so full of feeling, so emotionally evocative, that I was left really moved by it. It's framed by memories and thoughts about his ...more
Isabel Maia
Olhando para a capa do livro, poderia-se dizer que este livro fala de uma travessia entre Timor e Lisboa ou vice-versa. No entanto, a resposta correcta é um "não só, mas também". Escrito num tom autobiográfico, Luis Cardoso relata a travessia de todo um povo por entre uma vida de sacrifícios e negligência por parte dos governantes durante a época do Estado Novo, bem como a travessia de vida do próprio Luis Cardoso. Uma constante travessia provocada quer por imposição familiar, quer, mais tarde, ...more
This is an informative book about the culture and history of East Timor, and also the author's personal story. It was hard to get into, perhaps because it was a little intense with so much packed into such a concise book. I might need a few more readings to fully appreciate it.
Nice insight into the history and culture of Timor Leste but the writing was a bit too flowery for me.
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Luís Cardoso nasceu no Timor-Leste. Formou-se em silvicultura pelo Instituto Superior de Agronomia de Lisboa e fez pós-graduação em Direito e Política do Ambiente pela Universidade Lusófona. Foi representante do Conselho Nacional da Resistência Maubere em Lisboa. É autor de Crónica de uma travessia (1997), Olhos de coruja, olhos de gato bravo (2002) e A última morte do coronel Santiago (2003). Req ...more
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