The first of the Complete Works of Henrique de Senna Fernandes (†2010) published by the Instituto Cultural do Governo da RAEM in 2012 was – curiously enough –his last. A posthumous novel, Os Dores retakes maybe one of Fernandes’ most appealing topics: the critique of conventions and the constraining morality in Macanese society. In this work, the unfortunate life of adopted mestiza Leontina das Dores is both a pretext to highlight the contrasting social expectations of a Macanese family and an opportunity to skim through the seemingly – but not quite – hermetical social settings of an older Macau, that of the first half of the 20th century. With its unexpected finale, Os Dores not only takes you through time with a flavor of authenticity, but provides the occasion for a much needed moment of dialogue between a person and the society it lives in.
Suggested by Miguel Rodrigues Lourenco