Angola: Writer Fragata De Morais Releases New Book

Luanda — The Angolan writer Fragata de Morais is to release his latest bilingual book entitled "Um Canto ao meu Congo" (a song to my Congo) in Jan 8, in Mbanza Kongo, capital of the northern Zaire Province, in ambit of the commemoration of the National Culture Day.

The bilingual book (Portuguese and Kikongo) is a fictional route regarding several circles of the Kongo history, from its foundation, Christianization, its downfall and its pursuit of cultural renaissance.

According to another Angolan writer, António Fonseca, this book takes the readers to the mystique of socio-cultural space of the Kongo people.

"Fragata de Morais drank a lot from the Akongo culture and history, therefore, he is not afraid of it and cannot escape" he reinforces.

Fragata de Morais, a founding member of the Angolan Academy of Letters, is the author of literary works that are published in novels, short stories, theatre, poetry and children's literature.

He studied theatre at the Paris International Theatre University and film at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam.

He has been as a journalist and deputy minister of Education and Culture. He is currently devoted to literature and politics as a member of the MPLA Central Committee.

Manuel Augusto Fragata de Morais was born in the northern Uige Province on November 16, 1941. His first writings appeared in the 70's in Paris, France.

His repertoire includes works such as Jindungisses (1999), distinguished with the Sagrade Esperança Prize (Sacred Hope Prize), Inkuna-Minha Terra (1997) and Terreur en Verzet (1972).

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