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Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida



Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida was born in 1982 in Luanda, Angola, and grew up in Lisbon, Portugal, where she now lives and works. She has written a dissertation on literary theory, published seven novels and three collections of essays, and writes regular columns for Portuguese and Brazilian newspapers. She is also an advisor to Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on human rights, equal opportunities and non-discrimination. Her sixth novel “A Visão das Plantas” (Relógio D'Água, Lisboa 2019) will be published under the title “Im Auge der Pflanzen” (In the Eye of the Plants) on 14 February 2022 in German translation by Unionsverlag.

A Short Passage

“Im Auge der Pflanzen”

“God lets the insensitive ones go, ready to trip up the happy ones, just to get rid of the boredom. Despite all capers, their high spirits are deathly dull. Perhaps he is not in control of his gardening troupe. From above, he watches it sitting next to the devil. Like ants scattered from their heap, they move along, rake in hand, driven forward by hunger, by thirst, by lust, foaming at the mouth.”

— From “Im Auge der Pflanzen” (In the Eye of the Plants) (Zurich, Unionsverlag 2022)