Chiquinho: A Classic Novel of Cabo Verde by Baltasar Lopes
Chiquinho is a novel by Baltasar Lopes da Silva, one of the most prominent writers of Cabo Verde. Originally published in Portuguese in 1947, the novel depicts the life and struggles of Chiquinho, a young man who grows up in a rural village, moves to SÃo Vicente Island to pursue his education, and eventually migrates to the United States in search of a better future. The novel explores the themes of identity, culture, colonialism, and diaspora in a rich and compelling way.
The novel has been translated into several languages, including English, French, Spanish, and Italian. The English translation was published by Tagus Press in 2019, with an introduction by Ellen W. Sapega and a foreword by Anna M. Klobucka. The translation was done by Isabel P.B. FÃªo Rodrigues and Carlos A. Almeida, who are both professors of Portuguese at different universities in Massachusetts.
Chiquinho is considered a classic of Cabo Verdean literature and a masterpiece of African literature in Portuguese. It is widely read and studied both in Cabo Verde and abroad. It offers a vivid and authentic portrait of Cabo Verdean society and history, as well as a universal story of human resilience and aspiration.
If you are interested in reading Chiquinho, you can find the PDF version of the novel online at [^3^]. You can also order the print version from Tagus Press or other online bookstores.
The novel is divided into three parts, each corresponding to a different stage of Chiquinho's life. The first part, \"The Village\", introduces Chiquinho as a child living in a small village called Ribeira da Barca, on the island of Santiago. He enjoys playing with his friends, learning from his teacher, and helping his mother with the chores. He also witnesses the hardships and injustices that his people face under the colonial rule of Portugal, such as drought, famine, taxation, and discrimination.
The second part, \"The City\", follows Chiquinho as he moves to Mindelo, the largest city on SÃo Vicente Island, to attend high school. He experiences a culture shock as he encounters a more urban and cosmopolitan environment, where he meets new friends and mentors, such as the poet Manuel Lopes and the journalist Jorge Barbosa. He also develops a love interest in Mariazinha, a beautiful and educated girl from a wealthy family. However, he also faces challenges and conflicts, such as racism, classism, and political repression.
The third part, \"The Emigration\", depicts Chiquinho's decision to leave Cabo Verde and join his father in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where many Cabo Verdeans have settled as whalers or factory workers. He hopes to find better opportunities and send money back to his family and friends. However, he soon realizes that life in America is not easy either. He struggles with language barriers, cultural differences, discrimination, and exploitation. He also suffers from nostalgia and loneliness, as he misses his homeland and his loved ones. aa16f39245