The East African country of Mozambique has produced a remarkable body of poetry and much of it is little kwn outside the Portuguese-speaking world. In many ways these poems are the reflections of the unique history of the country where different cultural traditions intersected. Today the importance and greatness of Mozambican poetry lies especially in its ability to record and try to get into the heart of the terrible events of the past. These poems function as a testimony to a profound faith in the human spirit and to a joy at the beauty and splendour of the natural world. With an acute attention to detail Stained Glass is the first collection of Mozambican poetry of its kind which tries to encompass the entire literary landscape with its variety and multiplicity. Translated from original Portuguese and polished for more than ten years this anthology will t only be a joyous read to the poetry lovers, but with its antations and commentaries this collection will also provide an in-depth intellectual outlook on the social and cultural scenario of the country from a broad scholarly perspective for academics and researchers. Republished as an international special low-price edition this book will be an important addition to the literary collection of any academic or public library.
Luis Rafael is a Mozambican-born South African at present based in Lisbon. He has degrees in Psychology, English, Theory of Literature and American Studies. He has published academic essays on African literature and has translated novels, short stories and poetry from the Portuguese and Spanish. He has been working on a study of Nadine Gordimer's fiction, as well as on her biography.