A Trança Feiticeira (pt)
The Bewitching Braid (en)
Henrique de Senna Fernandes
Instituto Cultural do Governo da R.A.E. de Macau, 2015
Second world war
Shock of cultures
Love and shock of cultures in Macau of 1930s.
The Bewitching Braid, set in Macau in the 1930s, is a tale of forbidden love between a Macanese boy from a privileged family in the Christian city and a beautiful water-seller from the Chinese quarter of Cheok Chai Un. Against a background of small-town prejudice, the story traces the trials and tribulations of the couple in their attempts to be accepted in their respective communities and to understand each other across their cultural divides. The novel is a fascinating look into the inner world of the Eurasian inhabitants of the city, and their relationship with their Chinese and Portuguese legacies. Here, Senna Fernandes depicts the emergence of a new, more liberal Macao, in which its Portuguese and Chinese traditions were harmonized by true love.
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