Joaquim Arena represented Cape Verde yesterday in a debate with other writers participating in the salon. In addition to Joaquim Arena, ExpoLuxembourg, of which the Book Salon is a part, also included a performance by Cape Verdean music group Ferro Gaita.
Joaquim Arena is the author of the novels Um Farol no Deserto (2000) and A Verdade de Chindo Luz (2006), considered the first novel focusing on the African communities living in the Portuguese capital. His new novel, which is expected to be released this summer, revolves around the story of a former ETA militant exiled in Cape Verde. Among the other characters in the novel are a Cape Verdean biologist studying sea turtles, a street kid on the run from drug traffickers, and an old lighthouse keeper who refuses to retire.