‘Hide nothing from the masses of our people. Tell no lies. Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories…’ – Amílcar Cabral
Tell No Lies, Claim No Easy Victories showcases the intellectual foundations and practices underpinning the liberation of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde. From the importance of culture in decolonisation, to biting critiques of Portuguese colonialism, and strategies for guerrilla warfare in tropical forests, this new collection brings together select interviews, official speeches and PAIGC party directives from 1962 to 1973. Tell No Lies, Claim No Easy Victories reveals Cabral to be a skilled diplomat and lively and pragmatic thinker, concerned with national liberation in the context of Pan-Africanism and international struggle.
This edition features an exclusive foreword by Grant Farred and introduction by Sónia Vaz Borges, bringing Cabral’s contributions sharply into focus for today’s bids for freedom.
About the author
Amílcar Cabral was born in 1924 in Cape Verde and assassinated in 1973. He was one of Africa’s foremost anti-colonial revolutionary leaders, co-founding the PAIGC (African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde), as well as an agricultural engineer, guerrilla tactician, intellectual, and poet.
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