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    Family “D.” is a rather extreme case of uprooted Europeans: in three generations they have been tossed back and forth between Portugal and Africa, Eastern and Western Europe. They have experienced all the bloody upheavals of colonialism and neo-colonialism - and even got caught up in the strife between socialism and capitalism and everything in between. Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, they have gone global and have started exploring the world wide web.

    In FAMILY BLOG they reflect about their lives by writing online diaries:

     

       

     

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    - Bea (age 27), doing doctoral research in microbiology in Lisbon, feels dissatisfied with her long-term lacklustre love relationship, her dull laboratory work, and the pressure to always be supportive of her somewhat dysfunctional family (which includes not only her parents and sisters, but also grandmother, uncle, aunt and cousin).

    - Lou (age 25), doing her MA in comparative literature in England, is fed-up with just about everything: her degree, her lack of future perspectives, her former lovers and friends, her childhood memories of Angola and Eastern Europe, and above all her family.

    - Jo (age 23), studying business administration in Lisbon, is unable to juggle her family's expectations and the desire to totally give in to her “secret pleasures”: consumption of hard drugs, seduction and passionate love relationships that quickly deteriorate into violence.

    - Alda (age 52), living in small town G. in the interior of Portugal, is constantly torn between her worries about her three daughters’ lives, the inability to acknowledge their actual difficulties, and nostalgic recollections of her own youth – when she witnessed and participated in the transition from colonialism to independence in Angola.

    - Martin (age 53), a telecommunications engineer in small town G., has difficulties relating to his wife and daughters, and instead spends his free time with all kinds of small do-it-yourself projects – from electro-mechanics to pyrotechnics.

    The gradual involvement of the youngest daughter, Jo, in a complicated web of illicit sex, drug consumption and traffic, and international criminal gangs (from Guatemala City to Amsterdam), eventually triggers a series of confrontations between the family members over conflicting interests – concerning the three sisters’ desire to lead lives which the parents don't approve of; everyone's unwillingness to tell the others the truth about their ideas and deeds; and eventually even the family's somewhat dubious involvement in the chaos of Angola's colonial past, independence and civil war.

    As the narrative/blogs progress, these conflicts become visible to the reader but also to the characters, influencing particularly the sisters' decisions and attempts to fulfil their own dreams.

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