Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Between Politics and Truth: Time to Think Through the Other in Couto's Pensatempos

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (2007), 84, (4), 453–462.

Abstract

In this article, I read Couto's 2005 collection of essays, Pensatempos, as evidence of a progressive political cause underpinning most of the Mozambican author's work. I argue Couto challenges both empiricist and imperial knowledge, and enjoins his readership to think critically as the only means of counteracting the tyranny of ideologies claiming to know or account for everything.

Neste artigo, analisa-se Pensatempos, da autoria de Mia Couto, como prova exemplar do compromisso político-progressivo presente ao longo de quase toda a obra deste autor. Nestes 'textos de opinião', o escritor moçambicano coloca em questão quer o saber empirista quer o saber imperial, e incentiva o leitor/a leitora a reflectir criticamente, sendo tal reflexão crítica, a seu ver, a única maneira de combater a tirania de ideologias que se declaram omniscientes.

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Rothwell, Phillip