José dos Santos Ferreira

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José dos Santos Ferreira, better known as Adé, was born in Portuguese Macau on 28 July 1919 and died in Hong Kong on 24 March 1993. Born to a father from metropolitan Portugal and a Macanese mother, he was the last poet of distinction to write in Macanese (Patuá), the Portuguese-Cantonese creole.

Adé lived all his life in Macau and left behind a great body of work consisting of 18 books of poetry, prose, plays, operettas, and radio shows in Patua. Adé wrote, directed, and acted in his own productions.

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • Escandinávia, Região de Encantos Mil (1960).
  • Macau sa Assi (in patois) (1968).
  • Qui-nova chencho. Macau: Tipografia da Missão do Padroado (1974).
  • Papiá cristá di Macau: Epitome de gramática comparada e vocabulário : dialecto macaense. Macau: [s.n.] (1978).
  • Bilhar e Caridade (poetry) (1982)
  • Macau di tempo antigo: Poesia e prosa: dialecto macaense. Macau: author's edition (1985).
  • Poéma di Macau (poetry, em patois)(1983)
  • 'Nhum Vêlo' (in patois) (1986)
  • Poéma na língu maquista (Poesia em papel-de-arroz). Macau: Livros do Oriente (1992). ISBN 972-9418-10-1