Conversation in Lisbon with the author of La Couverture du Soldat, Lidia Jorge, who looks back on the history of her country.
Since The Day of the Prodigies (1980), a first novel as an allegory of Portugal under the Salazarist regime, Lidia Jorge (1946) is regarded as one of the most original and disturbing voices of new Portuguese literature.
Originally from Algarve, with a degree in Romanic Philology from the University of Lisbon and a high school teacher, she married her first husband in 1970, an officer in Mozambique and in Angola, where she witnessed a colonial conflict that she recounted in The Murmuring Coast (1988). Back in Lisbon in 1974, after the Carnation Revolution, she remarried a political journalist of the Diario de Noticias, she taught in an Arts Department before joining the Higher Authority for Social Communication.
From narrative experimentation and polyphony from the often allegorical first novels, like The Wild Town Remembering (1984) to the realism of O Jardim Sem Limites (1995), her work analyses the evolution of democratic Portuguese society. The Murmuring Coast was adapted for the cinema in 2004 by Margarida Cardoso.