“The story of my curly hair,” says Mila, the narrator of Lisbon-based Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida’s debut novel That Hair, “intersects with the story of at least two countries and, by extension, the indirect story of the relations among several continents: a geopolitics.” Tin House Books published That Hair (Esse cabelo in Portuguese) this spring in an English translation by Eric M. B. Becker. You can read an excerpt at Lithub, or check out this thoughtful review from Anita Felicelli in the LA Review of Books. Djaimilia’s second novel, Luanda, Lisboa, Paraíso, came out (in Portuguese) in 2018 and her work has received multiple awards.
Djaimilia was scheduled to speak for the fourth time at Disquiet 2020 (now Disquiet 2021). Order That Hair here or find it wherever books are sold.