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Abstract: This article proposes a reading of the novel The Visits of Dr. Valdez (2004) by Mozambican João Paulo Borges Coelho, with references to that of the Portuguese-Angolan Dulce Maria Cardoso, O Retorno (2011). . more abstractResumo: This article proposes a reading of the novel The Visits of Dr. Valdez (2004) by the Mozambican João Paulo Borges Coelho, with references to the Portuguese-Angolan Dulce Maria Cardoso, O Retorno (2011), through the concept of liminality in relation to traditional spaces - the house, the hotel - represented in these novels. The central argument is that it is through their traditional spaces and their fictional reconfiguration that the changes and confusion that the end of Portuguese colonialism in Africa has created in individuals and in their social groups are best evidenced. At the same time, what is produced in them, during the preliminary phase, influences and directly feeds the outside world. For it is there, in the house and in the hotel, that the characters experience a new way of living together (the servant with the bosses, the returnees from Mozambique with those from Angola in a hotel in Lisbon), which will then become the norm. In both novels, the dissolution of traditional places is accompanied by a rite of passage, by the inversion of hierarchies and by a new sense of identity and belonging imbued with a certain cosmopolitanism and social / racial commitment. It is also these two places that offer the stage for the literature to enter and shape all these changes and, through them, allow access to a world (who knows?) Always better.Keywords: Liminaridade, spaces, rites of Portuguese and Portuguese Literature, Space and Place, Colonialism, Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies, The Lusophone World, and 13 more

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