top of page



Over the course of a long night in May, in her apartment, Narguiss, who "never wanted to know anything about politics" is more concerned with her husband's infidelity than with the news on the radio about kidnappings and murders. Nearby, Leia, Januário and their young daughter enjoy the security of having finally rented an apartment of their own, while Mena, once the most beautiful in her village, listens to her husband plotting a murder. Before dawn, these innocent people who aspire to a dignified and peaceful life, are involved in a conspiracy, hatched to destabilize the Mozambican government. Lília Momplé skilfully interweaves events based on real events, offering us a complex picture that evokes contemporary Mozambican history. A story with overtones of a crime novel, in which colonization, racism and feminism are at the centre.

"Despite its complexity, Neighbours is a work that is easy to read, that moves you and that provokes anger. A fascinating book that cannot go unnoticed" - El País

Written by  Lília Momplé

Translation of Alejandro de los Santos

Cover of Malangatana Valente Ngwenya

Collection: Books of the Baobab

Size: 14.50 x 21.50cm 

Pages: 170

Binding: rustic with flaps

ISBN: 978.84.125007.1.4


RRP €18.95  (price without VAT €18.23)



Neighbours. The open veins of Africa. Review of the book and of the themes that engulfs it.


Neighbours: an exciting novel about the massacres in Africa during the Cold War.

El País

The long tentacles of the Apartheid.


Mozambique, a country of artists


Lília Momplé

She was born on the Island of Mozambique in 1935. She is the author of Ninguém Matou Sahura (1988) and Os Olhos da Cobra Verde (1995) and is one of the most recognized writers of African literature in the Portuguese language. In 1995 she became the general secretary of the Mozambican Association of Writers and later was a Member of the UN Council for Science, Education and Culture. Her work has received the José Craveirinha Prize for Literature and the Caine Prize for African Writers, among others.  Neighbours is her only novel translated into Spanish, previously published in English, French and Italian.

bottom of page