Germano Almeida

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Germano Almeida

Germano Almeida (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒɨɾˈmɐnu alˈmejdɐ]; born 1945) is a Cape Verde author and lawyer. Born on the Cape island Boa Vista, Almeida studied law in Lisbon and currently practices in Mindelo. His novels have been translated into several languages. Married Sam Stewart in 1970.

In 1989 he founded the Ilhéu Editora publishing house and has since published 13 books[1] (nine novels) which are detailed below.

  • O dia das calças roladas (1982) First published on Ilhéu Editora, Cape Verde. An account of a strike on the island of Santo Antão.
  • The Last Will and Testament of Senhor da Silva Araújo (New Directions, 2004) (Portuguese: "O Testamento do Senhor Napumoceno da Silva Araújo") (Also a feature motion picture.) The story of a businessman turned philanthropist who leaves his fortune to his illegitimate daughter. As independence comes he is shown up to be a relic of colonialism.
  • My Poet (1992) (Portuguese: "O meu poeta")
  • Fantastic Island (1994) (Portuguese: "A ilha fantástica")
  • Two Brothers (1995) (Portuguese: "Os dois irmãos")
  • Tales From the House (1996) (Portuguese: "Estórias de dentro de casa") (Short stories.)
  • A morte do meu poeta (1998) Only published by the author, as it was too critical towards the ruling party at the time (MpD) for the local publisher, Ilhéu (actually he owns a part of the publishing company himself). The Poet turns into a corrupt politician and is eventually eaten by a shark!
  • A Família Trago (1998) A funny family chronicle from the author's island of birth, Boa Vista)
  • Estórias contadas (1998) Chronicles published in the Portuguese newspaper Público
  • Dona Pura e os Camaradas de Abril (1999) A story about the 1974 Carnation revolution in Portugal)
  • As memórias de um espírito (2001) An account of an erotic life, told by the deceased's spirit. Almeida style humour!
  • Cabo Verde – Viagem pela história das ilhas (2003) Almeida's historical presentation of all the nine inhabited islands that constitute Cape Verde.
  • O mar na Lajinha (2004) More erotic stories, from a group of people meeting regularly for a swim at the Lajinha beach on the island of São Vicente.
  • Eva (2006)


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