The beautiful darkness
This book is about the beauty of meetings. A young couple takes the time to talk about their lives during a blackout in the city and, so, they get to know each other better. A story written by the Angolan prize winner Ondjaki about the not-spoken things, but which leave the young hearts fearless of the darkness.
In Water eyes, with no idealization, the hard life conditions face by the afro-descendants in Brazil is recreated with talent and firmness. Conceição Evaristo is Master in Brazilian literature and Doctor in Comparative literature. This book was awarded with the Jabuti Prize in 2015 in short stories category.
OMBELA, the story of the rainfall
In this story, Ondjaki invents a myth that explains the “origin of rainfall”. This is the story of a goddess named Ombela who learned how to make it rain using her tears. How her father taught her how to cry, how her tears would be salty or sweet, creating lakes and seas, feeding the earth with the water needed. At least that’s what the older ones tell us…
The power of the palm
This book tells us a legend from Magreb about overcoming. Ben Sadok, an evil and jealous man, couldn’t stand the beauty of the world. The joy and love of others bothered him deeply. But the beautiful tree was able to work around the barriers imposed by the evil man and grow strong and beautiful. A simple and exciting tale.
When the slave Esperança Garcia wrote a letter
In 1770, Esperança Garcia, a black slave who learned to read and write with the Jesuit priests, wrote one of the oldest letters, speaking out about the abuses suffered by slaves in Brazil. In fact, her letter is probably the first of such letters. Sonia Rosa’s prose and Luciana Justiniani Hees’s beautiful illustrations tell this tale of resistance and freedom. Youngsters can learn that no matter how bad a situation is, it is small when compared with the power of the words.