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Certeza (Portuguese for certainty) was a Cape Verdean literary review established in Praia in 1944. Although the paper was less notoriety than its predecessor Claridade founded in 1936, nevertheless, it was a milestone in Cape Verdean literature.


Claridade was a literary review inaugurated in 1936 in the city of Mindelo on the island of São Vicente, Cape Verde. It was part of a movement of cultural, social, and political emancipations of the Cape Verdean society. The founding contributors were Manuel Lopes, Baltasar Lopes da Silva, who used the poetic pseudonym of Osvaldo Alcântara, and Jorge Barbosa, born in the Islands of São Nicolau, Santiago and São Vicente, respectively. The magazine followed the steps of the Portuguese neorealist writers, and contributed to the building of "Cape Verdeanity", an autonomous cultural identity for the archipelago.

Its director was Eduino Brito Silva, its editor in chief was Joaquim Ribeiro. Its first issue was published in March 1944. [1] It notably featured Acêrca da Mulher, a reflection on the status of women by Orlanda Amarílis. The second edition was published in June 1944. [2] The review was banned by the censor, [3] the third edition was published on January 1945, [4] the text featured Henrique Teixeira de Sousa's "Homens de hoje" ("Men today").

Orlanda Amarílis Lopes Rodrigues Fernandes Ferreira, known as Orlanda Amarílis was a Cape Verdean writer. She is considered to be a noteworthy writer of fiction whose main literary themes include perspectives on women’s writing, with depictions of various aspects of the lives of Cape Verdean women as well as depictions of the Cape Verdean diaspora. She has been described as "indisputably one of Cape Verde’s most talented writers".

Henrique Teixeira de Sousa Cape Verdean writer

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  1. "Numbered version of the first edition of Certeza" (in Portuguese). Jean Piaget University of Cape Verde. Archived from the original on 2012-07-07.
  2. "Numbered version of the second edition of Certeza" (in Portuguese). Jean Piaget University of Cape Verde.[ permanent dead link ]
  3. Eugene Tavares Littératures lusophones des archipels atlantiques : Açores, Madère, Cap-Vert, São Tomé e Príncipe, (Lusophony Literature in the Atlantic Archipelagoes: Azores, Madeira, Cape Vede and São Tomé and Príncipe, L'Harmattan, 2009, p. 217 ISBN   9782296075757
  4. (in Portuguese) (3rd ed.). Jean Piaget University of Cape Verde https://archive.is/20120722163333/http://bdigital.unipiaget.cv:8080/jspui/handle/123456789/206. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22.Missing or empty |title= (help)

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