author: Victor Torres
Publisher: Alende - Edições | Perfil Criativo - Edições
Year of publication: January 2021
Read Article: Where do I come from, who am I?
"Of the many narratives told, I remember that being Moçâmedes a kind of island, on one side the desert on the other the sea, its trade was done by boat on the island of Santa Helena and the Congo, territories distant from the ports of the coastal cities of Benguela and Luanda. Another memory I withhold was the family's relationship with the Mucubais, the true "owners" of the land who were murdered and deported by the Portuguese in 1940.
These are some of the incredible stories of a family, in colonial times, which we have the privilege of publishing and to which we have added a small part of his photographic album of the 19th and 20th century. "
“(...) And I continued to return to the South, always in your company. And at the same time that the province of Namibe established itself as a prominent tourist destination in Angola, Victor revealed to me the main arguments of this land, both inhospitable and welcoming. We visited old and fertile farms in Bibala and Kapangombe, right there, when descending the winding roads of Leba or Chela and where the green still dominates, taking advantage of the water that flows from the precipices of the plateau; the beautiful isolated beaches of the coast that are now being explored by irresistible and original resorts; the vast valley of Caraculo, with its rock formations that he got used to admiring since he was a little boy from the veranda of the family's farmhouse; the oasis of Lagoa dos Arcos, already on the way to the city of Tombwa where the road that runs along the entire coast of the country, from Soyo ends. And he kept his promise to take me to the Iona National Park, in the Namibe desert. This desert where the landscape changes every moment (...) ”
Susana Gonçalves, in “The magic of the mirage”
Soul of the Desert
In my visits to Luanda to launch books and meet with our writers and readers, I discovered Alma do Torres in long conversations at the dinner table.
For this old friend of the family, the topic of debate was almost always the South, the Desert, History and frustration in the process of building the Country, in the air was the promise to pass their stories to paper. This idea was in line with the message that I was promoting to older Angolans: it is urgent to put on paper the experiences that are lost in the fog of oblivion.
The Torres family lived closely the founding of three countries: Portugal (October 5, 1143), Brazil (September 7, 1822) and Angola (November 11, 1975).
Of the many narratives recounted, I recall that being a type of island, the desert on the other side of the sea, its trade was done by boat on the island of Santa Helena and in the Congo, territories far from the ports of the coastal cities of Benguela Luanda. Another memory I remembered was the family's relationship with the Mucubais, the true “owners” of the land who were murdered and deported by the Portuguese State in 1940.
These are some of the incredible stories of a family, in Colonial times, that we are privileged to publish and to which we have added a small part of his 19th and 20th century photo album. From the published collection unpublished photographs are revealed of one of the most studied Portuguese photographers of the 19th century, Cunha Morais, also a member of the Torres family.
This is another rare edition from our publishers that we revealed in the strange year of 2020.
[JOÃO RICARDO RODRIGUES, editor]
Torres Family Photo Album (1st part)
“The magic of the mirage”, by Susana Gonçalves
Foreword by Tomané
Torres Family Photo Album (2nd part)