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Title:'So few and yet so little known': historical recovery and reconstruction in the work of Lília Momplé
Author:Ledford-Miller, LindaISNI
Periodical:Africa: rivista trimestrale di studi e documentazione
Geographic term:Mozambique
About person:Lília Momplé (1935)ISNI
Abstract:The writing of Lília Maria Clara Carričre Momplé (born 1935) foregrounds the postcolonial voice of Mozambique, a voice that tells the hidden, forgotten or ignored history of its people. Through a related series of three books (short stories and a novel), published from 1988 to 1997 and covering a historical period from 1935 to 1992, Momplé remembers and recovers her nation's history by inventing characters rooted in the sociopolitical reality of Mozambique. She retells colonial history from the perspective of the loser, the colonized; uncovers the hidden face of the minority government of South Africa that resisted majority rule within its own borders and tried to prevent, undermine or disrupt such rule among its neighbours; and she narrates the war for independence, the subsequent internecine struggle within the new nation, and the consequences of those struggles for all sectors of Mozambican society. This article is an introduction to Lília Momplé's work and the historical project inherent in it. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]