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128 pages
Paperback, 15 x 17 cm
Published March 2018
ISBN 9781925336634
Epdf ISBN 9781925336696
Epub ISBN 9781925336702


Suneeta Peres da Costa

Shortlisted, Prime Minister's Literary Awards

A coming-of-age story set in Angola in the period leading up to the colony’s independence, Saudade focuses on a Goan immigrant family caught between complicity in Portuguese rule, and their dependence on the Angolans who are their servants. The title speaks to the melancholy longing for homeland that haunts the characters, and especially the young girl who is the book’s protagonist and narrator.

Suneeta Peres da Costa’s novella captures with intense lyricism the difficult relationship between the girl and her mother, and the ways in which their intimate world is shaken by domestic violence, the legacies of slavery and the end of empire. Her intellectual awakening unfolds into a growing awareness of the lies of colonialism, and the violent political ruptures that ultimately lead to her father’s death, and their exile.

About the Author

Suneeta Peres da Costa

Suneeta Peres da Costa has published and produced widely across the genres of fiction, non-fiction, playwriting and poetry. Her novella Saudade achieved a shortlisting for both the 2019 Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction and the 2020 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature.

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Shortlisted, 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction

Shortlisted, 2020 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature

Finalist, 2020 The Morning News Tournament of Books

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