Angolan literature

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Angolan literature has its origins in the mid-19th century. The diversity of Angola's culture is reflected in the diversity of its literature, which traditionally has been combative and satirical.

As Angola was a colony of Portugal, it is a Lusophone country. Most authors write in Portuguese, though there are many distinct tribes and Portuguese is not the first language of every Angolan. In 2006, Luandino Vieira was awarded the Camões Prize, though he declined it and the $128,000USD prize money for "personal and intimate reasons."[1][2]

Agostinho Neto, the first president of Angola, was a well-known poet.[3]

Cremilda de Lima is one of the most well-known Angolan children's writers.[4]

José Eduardo Agualusa was the recipient of the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award.[5]

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  1. ^ Angolan author Vieira refuses Portugal's top literature award, archived from the original on 2006-07-07, retrieved 2007-09-27
  2. ^ Angolan writer turns down Portuguese-language literature prize, archived from the original on 30 August 2007, retrieved 2007-09-27
  3. ^ "Angola (country)". MSN Encarta. Archived from the original on 2009-11-02. Retrieved 2007-09-27.
  4. ^ Alexandre Lourenço (29 September 2016). "Escritora Cremilda de Lima preocupada com o percurso da literatura infantil em Angola". Novo Jornal (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  5. ^ "José Eduardo Agualusa wins €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award". Retrieved 2018-07-22.

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