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Knowledge of Hell

Knowledge of Hell

Author(s): António Lobo Antunes

Location(s): Angola, The Algarve

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

The narrator is a psychiatrist who loathes psychiatry, a veteran of the despised 1970s colonial war waged by Portugal against Angola, a survivor of a failed marriage and a man seeking meaning in an uncaring and venal society. In the course of one long day and evening, he carries on an imaginary conversation with his daughter Joanna, observes with surreal vision the bleak countryside of his nation, recalls the horrors of his involuntray role in the suppression of Angolan independence and curses the charlatanism of contemporary psychiatric “”advances””.

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

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First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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Entries close 6th November 2021