New podcast uses literature as common thread for current affairs debate in Portuguese-speaking countries – Ora Pois

The Portuguese language is the starting point of the recently launched “Cruzamentos Literários” podcast, which uses literature as a guide for discussions on topical issues in the world of Portuguese.

From feminism and politics, to issues such as racism and African cultural diversity, the episodes bring writers of different nationalities together in a conversation with different perspectives and accents.

The first episode features the writer Paulina Chiziane, 65, the first woman from Mozambique to publish a novel. Published in 1990, “Balada de Amor ao Vento” is a clever mix of African orality and contemporary questions on the place of women in this society.

On the program, Chiziane talks with Portuguese writer Isabel Lucas, while excerpts from her works are performed by Brazilian writer Veronica Stigger.

The season will include 12 episodes, with four curators of different nationalities speaking to writers from five countries: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique and Portugal.

The project brings together several major institutions – Instituto Camões, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and Associação Oceanos – and is part of the cultural program of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Portuguese Embassy in Brazil also supports this initiative.

The episodes are available on Spotify.

Consult the schedule:

– 01/21: Paulina Chiziane (Mozambique), Isabel Lucas and Veronica Stigger
– 04/02: Mário de Carvalho (Portugal), Manuel da Costa Pinto, Carmem Morentzsohn
– 02/18: Ana Maria Gonçalves (Brazil), Ondjaki, Roberta Estrela D’Alva
– 03/04: Pepetela (Angola), Rita Chaves, Ricardo Aleixo
– 03/18: Cristovão Tezza (Brazil), Isabel Lucas, Veronica Stigger
– 04/01: José Luiz Tavares (Cape Verde), Manuel da Costa Pinto, Ricardo Aleixo
– 04/15: José Luís Peixoto (Portugal), Ondjaki, Ronaldo Bressane
– 04/29: Milton Hatoum (Brazil), Rita Chaves and Ricardo Aleixo
– 05/13: Noemi Jaffe (Brazil), Isabel Lucas, Veronica Stigger
– 27/5: José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola), Manuel da Costa Pinto, Ronaldo Bressane
– 06/10: Dulce Maria Cardoso (Portugal), Rita Chaves, Carmem Morentzsohn
– 24/06: Mbate Pedro (MZ), Ondjaki, Roberta Estrela D’Alva

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