Wednesday 19 October 2022

Book Review: Angola is Wherever I Plant My Field by João Melo (Short Stories)

Title: Angola is Wherever I Plant My Field
Author: João Melo
Publisher: Iskanchi Press
Publication Date: 30 January 2023
Pages: 180
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Short Stories
Source: ARC via NetGalley

In this collection of eighteen humorous absurdist stories, Melo weaves together postmodernism, postcolonial realities and Angolan history, through an intrusive narrator and author. Angola is Wherever I Plant My Field will make the readers laugh as they reflect on life and society through stories set in Luanda, Haifa, America, and North Korea.


Angola is Wherever I Plant My Field was a delightful collection of varied stories all told with great humour and a sense of whimsy that belied the sometimes more serious themes unpinning the tales. My favourite was by far the opening narrative of the North Korean duck, which had me laughing out loud, but there were plenty of good moments in the other stories too. If you enjoy humorous short stories, this collection is well worth a look. It gets 4 stars from me.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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