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30+ [Hand Picked] Popular Books On Portugal

Discover the list of some best books written on Portugal by popular award winning authors. These book on topic Portugal highly popular among the readers worldwide.

4.4/5

Kudos by Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk, the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Outline and Transit, completes the transcendent literary trilogy with Kudos, a novel of unsettling power. A woman writer visits a Europe in flux, where questions of personal and political identity are rising to the surface and the trauma of change is opening up new possibilities of loss and renewal. Within th Rachel Cusk, the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Outline and Transit, completes the transcendent literary trilogy with Kudos, a novel of unsettling power. A woman writer visits a Europe in flux, where questions of personal and political identity are rising to the surface and the trauma of change is opening up new possibilities of loss and renewal. Within the rituals of literary culture, Faye finds the human story in disarray amid differing attitudes toward the public performance of the creative persona. She begins to identify among the people she meets a tension between truth and representation, a fissure that accrues great dramatic force as Kudos reaches a profound and beautiful climax. In this conclusion to her groundbreaking trilogy, Cusk unflinchingly explores the nature of family and art, justice and love, and the ultimate value of suffering. She is without question one of our most important living writers.

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3.3/5

The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum

From a Pulitzer Prize‚Äďwinning writer comes an exuberant memoir of personal loss and longing, and finding connection on the remote Azorean islands of the Atlantic Ocean. Reporter Diana Marcum is in crisis. A long-buried personal sadness is enfolding her‚ÄĒand her career is stalled‚ÄĒwhen she stumbles upon an unusual group of immigrants living in rural California. She follows the From a Pulitzer Prize‚Äďwinning writer comes an exuberant memoir of personal loss and longing, and finding connection on the remote Azorean islands of the Atlantic Ocean. Reporter Diana Marcum is in crisis. A long-buried personal sadness is enfolding her‚ÄĒand her career is stalled‚ÄĒwhen she stumbles upon an unusual group of immigrants living in rural California. She follows them on their annual return to the remote Azorean islands in the Atlantic Ocean, where bulls run down village streets, volcanoes are active, and the people celebrate festas to ease their saudade, a longing so deep that the Portuguese word for it can‚Äôt be fully translated. Years later, California is in a terrible drought, the wildfires seem to never end, and Diana finds herself still dreaming of those islands and the chuva‚ÄĒa rain so soft you don‚Äôt notice when it begins or ends. With her troublesome Labrador retriever, Murphy, in tow, Diana returns to the islands of her dreams only to discover that there are still things she longs for‚ÄĒand one of them may be a most unexpected love.

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4.3/5

O Paraíso São os Outros by Valter Hugo Mãe , Nino Cais (Ilustração)

A narradora de O para√≠so s√£o os outros √© uma menina intrigada com um estranho comportamento dos animais ‚Äď e dos humanos: a necessidade de viver em casal. Ela observa que h√° casais de pinguins, golfinhos e tamb√©m de homem com mulher, homem com homem, mulher com mulher. ‚ÄúTudo por causa do amor.‚ÄĚ A inspira√ß√£o para este livro surgiu de uma visita ao ateli√™ do artista Nino Cais A narradora de O para√≠so s√£o os outros √© uma menina intrigada com um estranho comportamento dos animais ‚Äď e dos humanos: a necessidade de viver em casal. Ela observa que h√° casais de pinguins, golfinhos e tamb√©m de homem com mulher, homem com homem, mulher com mulher. ‚ÄúTudo por causa do amor.‚ÄĚ A inspira√ß√£o para este livro surgiu de uma visita ao ateli√™ do artista Nino Cais que trabalhava em fotos antigas de casamentos colando pedras de bijuteria infantil sobre os rostos dos casais retratados. Seis dessas imagens dialogam com o texto no livro. A partir dessas fotos manipuladas, Valter Hugo reflete sobre a maneira moderna de se amar: n√£o mais da forma tradicional, mas sim evocando temas como homossexualidade, ado√ß√£o, lealdade, segundo casamento, felicidade e tamb√©m solid√£o.

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3.7/5

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tom√°s discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that‚ÄĒif he can find it‚ÄĒwould redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe‚Äôs earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure. Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tom√°s discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that‚ÄĒif he can find it‚ÄĒwould redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe‚Äôs earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure. Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tom√°s‚Äôs quest. Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion. The High Mountains of Portugal‚ÄĒpart quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fable‚ÄĒoffers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss. Filled with tenderness, humor, and endless surprise, it takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century‚ÄĒand through the human soul.

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3.5/5

Mördarens apa by Jakob Wegelius

Historiens berättare är gorillan Sally Jones, maskinist på lastskutan Hudson Queen. Hon och hennes vän, sjömannen som kallas för Chiefen, är strandsatta i Lissabon. Där blir de inlurade i en smugglingsaffär som slutar illa. Hudson Queen går under och Chiefen blir oskyldigt dömd för mordet på den skugglike Alphonse Morro. För Sally Jones börjar en lång och svår kamp, både f Historiens berättare är gorillan Sally Jones, maskinist på lastskutan Hudson Queen. Hon och hennes vän, sjömannen som kallas för Chiefen, är strandsatta i Lissabon. Där blir de inlurade i en smugglingsaffär som slutar illa. Hudson Queen går under och Chiefen blir oskyldigt dömd för mordet på den skugglike Alphonse Morro. För Sally Jones börjar en lång och svår kamp, både för sin egen överlevnad och för att rentvå Chiefen. Hon har mäktiga krafter emot sig. Krafter som till varje pris vill skydda hemligheterna som Morro tog med sig när han försvann i floden Tejos svarta strömvirvlar. Denna sällsamma berättelse är rikligt illustrerad med fantastiska och fantasieggande bilder i svartvitt, alla gjorda med utsökt precision in i minsta detalj.

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3.9/5

Flores by Afonso Cruz

Um homem sofre desmesuradamente com as not√≠cias que l√™ nos jornais, com todas as trag√©dias humanas a que assiste. Um dia depara-se com o facto de n√£o se lembrar do seu primeiro beijo, dos jogos de bola nas ruas da aldeia ou de ver uma mulher nua. Outro homem, seu vizinho, passa bem com as desgra√ßas do mundo, mas perde a cabe√ßa quando v√™ um chap√©u pousado no lugar errado. C Um homem sofre desmesuradamente com as not√≠cias que l√™ nos jornais, com todas as trag√©dias humanas a que assiste. Um dia depara-se com o facto de n√£o se lembrar do seu primeiro beijo, dos jogos de bola nas ruas da aldeia ou de ver uma mulher nua. Outro homem, seu vizinho, passa bem com as desgra√ßas do mundo, mas perde a cabe√ßa quando v√™ um chap√©u pousado no lugar errado. Contudo, talvez por se lembrar bem da magia do primeiro beijo ‚Äď e constatar o quanto a sua vida se afastou dela ‚Äď decide ajudar o vizinho a recuperar todas as mem√≥rias perdidas. Uma hist√≥ria inquietante sobre a mem√≥ria e o que resta de n√≥s quando a perdemos. Um romance comovente sobre o amor e o que este precisa de ser para merecer esse nome. ¬ęViver n√£o tem nada a ver com isso que as pessoas fazem todos os dias, viver √© precisamente o oposto, √© aquilo que n√£o fazemos todos os dias.¬Ľ

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4.9/5

Biografia Involunt√°ria dos Amantes by Jo√£o Tordo

Numa estrada adormecida da Galiza, dois homens atropelam um javali. A vis√£o do animal morto na estrada levar√° um deles ‚ÄĒ Salda√Īa Paris, um jovem poeta mexicano de olhos azuis inquietos ‚ÄĒ a puxar o primeiro fio do novelo da sua vida. Instigado pelas confiss√Ķes desconjuntadas do poeta, o seu companheiro de viagem ‚ÄĒ um professor universit√°rio divorciado ‚ÄĒ ir√° tentar descobrir Numa estrada adormecida da Galiza, dois homens atropelam um javali. A vis√£o do animal morto na estrada levar√° um deles ‚ÄĒ Salda√Īa Paris, um jovem poeta mexicano de olhos azuis inquietos ‚ÄĒ a puxar o primeiro fio do novelo da sua vida. Instigado pelas confiss√Ķes desconjuntadas do poeta, o seu companheiro de viagem ‚ÄĒ um professor universit√°rio divorciado ‚ÄĒ ir√° tentar descobrir o que est√° por tr√°s da persistente melancolia de Salda√Īa Paris. A viagem de descoberta come√ßa com a leitura de um manuscrito da autoria da ex-mulher do mexicano, Teresa, que morreu h√° pouco tempo e marcou a vida do poeta como um ferro em brasa. O narrador n√£o poderia adivinhar (porque nunca podemos saber as verdadeiras consequ√™ncias dos nossos actos) que a leitura desse manuscrito teria o mesmo efeito sobre a sua vida. As p√°ginas escritas por Teresa revelam a sua adolesc√™ncia no seio de uma fam√≠lia portuguesa contaminada pela desilus√£o: um pai ausente e alco√≥lico, um tio aventureiro e misterioso, uma m√£e demasiado protectora. Mas o que ressalta com maior vivacidade daquelas p√°ginas √© o relato enternecedor do seu primeiro amor, ao mesmo tempo que come√ßam a insinuar-se na sua vida realidades grotescas e brutais. Confrontado pela primeira vez com a suspeita dessa terr√≠vel possibilidade, Salda√Īa Paris mergulha numa depress√£o profunda. Determinado em libertar o amigo do poder corrosivo do mal, o nosso narrador comp√Ķe ent√£o, pe√ßa a pe√ßa, a biografia involunt√°ria dos dois amantes. Uma biografia que passa pelo desvelar do passado, para que este n√£o contamine irremediavelmente o futuro.

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4.8/5

The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures by António R. Damásio

From one of our preeminent neuroscientists: a landmark reflection that spans the biological and social sciences, offering a new way of understanding the origins of life, feeling, and culture. The Strange Order of Things is a pathbreaking investigation into homeostasis, the condition of that regulates human physiology within the range that makes possible not only the surviva From one of our preeminent neuroscientists: a landmark reflection that spans the biological and social sciences, offering a new way of understanding the origins of life, feeling, and culture. The Strange Order of Things is a pathbreaking investigation into homeostasis, the condition of that regulates human physiology within the range that makes possible not only the survival but also the flourishing of life. Antonio Damasio makes clear that we descend biologically, psychologically, and even socially from a long lineage that begins with single living cells; that our minds and cultures are linked by an invisible thread to the ways and means of ancient unicellular life and other primitive life-forms; and that inherent in our very chemistry is a powerful force, a striving toward life maintenance that governs life in all its guises, including the development of genes that help regulate and transmit life. In The Strange Order of Things, Damasio gives us a new way of comprehending the world and our place in it. www.antoniodamasio.com

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5/5

Mulheres de Cinzas by Mia Couto

Primeiro livro da trilogia As Areias do Imperador, Mulheres de cinzas √© um romance hist√≥rico sobre a √©poca em que o sul de Mo√ßambique era governado por Ngungunyane (ou Gungunhane, como ficou conhecido pelos portugueses), o √ļltimo dos l√≠deres do Estado de Gaza - segundo maior imp√©rio no continente comandado por um africano. Em fins do s√©culo XIX, o sargento portugu√™s Germano Primeiro livro da trilogia As Areias do Imperador, Mulheres de cinzas √© um romance hist√≥rico sobre a √©poca em que o sul de Mo√ßambique era governado por Ngungunyane (ou Gungunhane, como ficou conhecido pelos portugueses), o √ļltimo dos l√≠deres do Estado de Gaza - segundo maior imp√©rio no continente comandado por um africano. Em fins do s√©culo XIX, o sargento portugu√™s Germano de Melo foi enviado ao vilarejo de Nkokolani para a batalha contra o imperador que amea√ßava o dom√≠nio colonial. Ali o militar encontra Imani, uma garota de quinze anos que aprendeu a l√≠ngua dos europeus e ser√° sua int√©rprete. Ela pertence √† tribo dos VaChopi, uma das poucas que ousou se opor √† invas√£o de Ngungunyane. Mas, enquanto um de seus irm√£os lutava pela Coroa de Portugal, o outro se unia ao ex√©rcito dos guerreiros do imperador africano. O envolvimento entre Germano e Imani passa a ser cada vez maior, malgrado todas as diferen√ßas entre seus mundos. Por√©m, ela sabe que num pa√≠s assombrado pela guerra dos homens, a √ļnica sa√≠da para uma mulher √© passar despercebida, como se fosse feita de sombras ou de cinzas. Ao unir sua prosa l√≠rica caracter√≠stica a uma extensa pesquisa hist√≥rica, Mia Couto construiu um romance belo e v√≠vido, narrado alternadamente entre a voz da jovem africana e as cartas escritas pelo sargento portugu√™s.

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5/5

O Meu Irm√£o by Afonso Reis Cabral

A rela√ß√£o entre dois irm√£os, um deles deficiente mental, que t√™m de aprender a viver juntos. Com a morte dos pais, √© preciso decidir com quem fica Miguel, o filho de 40 anos que nasceu com s√≠ndrome de Down. √Č ent√£o que o irm√£o ‚Äď um professor universit√°rio divorciado e misantropo ‚Äď surpreende (e at√© certo ponto alivia) a fam√≠lia, chamando a si a grande responsabilidade. Tem A rela√ß√£o entre dois irm√£os, um deles deficiente mental, que t√™m de aprender a viver juntos. Com a morte dos pais, √© preciso decidir com quem fica Miguel, o filho de 40 anos que nasceu com s√≠ndrome de Down. √Č ent√£o que o irm√£o ‚Äď um professor universit√°rio divorciado e misantropo ‚Äď surpreende (e at√© certo ponto alivia) a fam√≠lia, chamando a si a grande responsabilidade. Tem apenas mais um ano do que Miguel, e a recorda√ß√£o do afecto e da cumplicidade que ambos partilharam na inf√Ęncia leva-o a acreditar que a nova situa√ß√£o acabar√° por resgat√°-lo da aridez em que se transformou a sua vida e redimi-lo da culpa por tantos anos de afastamento. Por√©m, a chegada de Miguel traz problemas inesperados ‚Äď e o maior de todos chama-se Luciana. Numa casa de fam√≠lia, situada numa aldeia isolada do interior de Portugal, o leitor assistir√° √† rememora√ß√£o da vida em comum destes dois irm√£os, incluindo o estranho epis√≥dio que amea√ßou de forma dram√°tica o seu relacionamento. O Meu Irm√£o, vencedor do Pr√©mio LeYa 2014 por unanimidade, √© um romance not√°vel e de grande maturidade liter√°ria que, tratando o tema sens√≠vel da defici√™ncia, nunca cede ao sentimentalismo, oferecendo-nos um retrato social objectivo e muitas vezes at√© impiedoso.

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4.9/5

The Mapmaker's Daughter by Laurel Corona

A sweeping story of 1492 Spain, exploring how what we know about the world shapes our map of life Valencia, 1492. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella issue an order expelling all Jews who refuse to convert to Christianity. Amalia Cresques, daughter of a Jewish mapmaker whose services were so valuable that his faith had been ignored, can no longer evade the throne. She must l A sweeping story of 1492 Spain, exploring how what we know about the world shapes our map of life Valencia, 1492. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella issue an order expelling all Jews who refuse to convert to Christianity. Amalia Cresques, daughter of a Jewish mapmaker whose services were so valuable that his faith had been ignored, can no longer evade the throne. She must leave her beloved atlas, her house, her country, forever. As Amalia remembers her past, living as a converso, hiding her faith, she must decide whether to risk the wrath of the Inquisition or relinquish what''s left of her true life. A mesmerizing saga about faith, family and Jewish identity.

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3.2/5

A Noiva do Tradutor by Jo√£o Reis

Um jovem tradutor sofre com a ausência da noiva que partiu para longe. Na cidade onde vive, atormentado pela mesquinhez e por idiotas bem-sucedidos, procura uma solução para a sua existência. Felizmente, há sempre uma saída. A escrita do romance faz justiça aos delírios do jovem tradutor e ao absurdo da sua situação. Uma crítica mordaz a uma sociedade longe no tempo mas onde Um jovem tradutor sofre com a ausência da noiva que partiu para longe. Na cidade onde vive, atormentado pela mesquinhez e por idiotas bem-sucedidos, procura uma solução para a sua existência. Felizmente, há sempre uma saída. A escrita do romance faz justiça aos delírios do jovem tradutor e ao absurdo da sua situação. Uma crítica mordaz a uma sociedade longe no tempo mas onde facilmente reconhecemos tiques e vícios dos nossos dias.

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5/5

A Rainha Ginga e de Como os Africanos Inventaram o Mundo by José Eduardo Agualusa

O romance de Jos√© Eduardo Agualusa conta a vida fant√°stica de Dona Ana de Sousa, a Rainha Ginga (1583-1663), cujo t√≠tulo real em quimbundo, "Ngola", deu origem ao nome portugu√™s para aquela regi√£o de √Āfrica. √Č a hist√≥ria de uma rela√ß√£o de amor e de combate permanente entre Angola e Portugal, narrada por um padre pernambucano que atravessou o mar e recorda personagens maravi O romance de Jos√© Eduardo Agualusa conta a vida fant√°stica de Dona Ana de Sousa, a Rainha Ginga (1583-1663), cujo t√≠tulo real em quimbundo, "Ngola", deu origem ao nome portugu√™s para aquela regi√£o de √Āfrica. √Č a hist√≥ria de uma rela√ß√£o de amor e de combate permanente entre Angola e Portugal, narrada por um padre pernambucano que atravessou o mar e recorda personagens maravilhosos e esquecidos da nossa hist√≥ria - tendo como elemento central a Rainha Ginga e o seu significado cultural, religioso, √©tnico e sexual para o mundo de hoje.

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3.8/5

Auschwitz - Um Dia de Cada Vez by Esther Mucznik

¬ęUm companheiro de Auschwitz pergunta a Primo Levi por que motivo j√° n√£o se preocupa com a higiene. Ele responde simplesmente: "Para qu√™, se daqui a meia hora estarei de novo a trabalhar com sacos de carv√£o?" √Č desse companheiro que recebe a primeira e talvez principal li√ß√£o de sobreviv√™ncia: "Lavarmo-nos √© reagir, √© n√£o deixar que nos reduzam a animais; √© lutar para viver ¬ęUm companheiro de Auschwitz pergunta a Primo Levi por que motivo j√° n√£o se preocupa com a higiene. Ele responde simplesmente: "Para qu√™, se daqui a meia hora estarei de novo a trabalhar com sacos de carv√£o?" √Č desse companheiro que recebe a primeira e talvez principal li√ß√£o de sobreviv√™ncia: "Lavarmo-nos √© reagir, √© n√£o deixar que nos reduzam a animais; √© lutar para viver, para poder contar, para testemunhar; √© manter a √ļltima faculdade do ser humano: a faculdade de negar o nosso consentimento".¬Ľ A capacidade de sobreviv√™ncia do ser humano √© not√°vel e, por mais terr√≠vel que fosse a exist√™ncia em Auschwitz, todos os dias se lutava para sobreviver apesar de a morte estar ao virar de cada esquina. O campo de concentra√ß√£o de Auschwitz √© sin√≥nimo do mal absoluto preconizado pelo nazismo. Foi ali que judeus e ciganos serviram de cobaias √†s diab√≥licas experi√™ncias m√©dicas, que acima de um milh√£o de seres humanos foram gaseados e que mais de 200 mil homens, mulheres e crian√ßas morreram de fome, frio e doen√ßa, de exaust√£o e brutalidade, ou simplesmente de solid√£o e desesperan√ßa. No entanto muitos presos resistiam √† total desumaniza√ß√£o esfor√ßando-se por manter alguma dignidade. Cuidar da higiene, ler, escrever, desenhar, ajudar algu√©m a sobreviver ou at√© a morrer eram actos que atribu√≠am condi√ß√£o humana a quem parecia ter desistido de viver. Esther Mucznik, autora dos livros Gr√°cia Nasi e Portugueses no Holocausto, d√°-nos a conhecer o dia-a-dia de Auschwitz atrav√©s das vozes daqueles que ali acabaram por perecer e dos seus carrascos, do insuport√°vel sil√™ncio das crian√ßas massacradas, das mulheres e homens violentados em b√°rbaras experi√™ncias m√©dicas, mas tamb√©m atrav√©s dos relatos daqueles que sobreviveram para contar e manter viva a mem√≥ria do horror da m√°quina de morte nazi. Para que ningu√©m possa alguma vez esquecer.

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3.1/5

This Gulf of Fire: The Great Lisbon Earthquake and Its Aftermath by Mark Molesky

The captivating and definitive account of the most consequential natural disaster of modern times. On All Saints‚Äô Day 1755, tremors from an earthquake measuring perhaps 9.0 (or higher) on the moment magnitude scale swept furiously from their origin along the Atlantic seabed toward the Iberian and African coasts. Directly in their path was Lisbon, then one of the wealthiest The captivating and definitive account of the most consequential natural disaster of modern times. On All Saints‚Äô Day 1755, tremors from an earthquake measuring perhaps 9.0 (or higher) on the moment magnitude scale swept furiously from their origin along the Atlantic seabed toward the Iberian and African coasts. Directly in their path was Lisbon, then one of the wealthiest cities in the world and the capital of a vast global empire. Within minutes, much of the city lay in ruins. But this was only the beginning. A half hour later, a giant tsunami unleashed by the quake smashed into Portugal‚Äôs coastline and barreled up the Tagus River, carrying countless thousands out to sea. By day‚Äôs end, the great wave chain would claim victims on four separate continents. To complete Lisbon‚Äôs destruction, a hellacious firestorm then engulfed the city‚Äôs shattered remains. Subjecting survivors to temperatures exceeding 1,832¬įF (1,000¬įC), it burned for several weeks, killing thousands and incinerating much of what the earthquake and tsunami had spared. Drawing on a wealth of new sources, the latest scientific research, and a sophisticated grasp of European history, Mark Molesky gives us the authoritative account of the Great Lisbon Disaster and its impact on the Western world‚ÄĒincluding descriptions of the world‚Äôs first international relief effort; the rise of a brutal, yet modernizing, dictatorship in Portugal; and the effect of the disaster on the spirit and direction of the European Enlightenment. Much more than a chronicle of destruction, This Gulf of Fire is, at its heart, a gripping human drama, involving an array of unforgettable characters‚ÄĒsuch as the Marqu√™s de Pombal, the once-slighted striver who sees in the chaos his path to supreme power, and Gabriel Malagrida, the charismatic Jesuit whose view that the earthquake was a punishment sent by God leads inexorably to his demise. There is Dom Jos√©, the unremarkable king of Portugal, who stands by his people in their moment of greatest need but ultimately abandons them to the tyranny of his first minister. There is Kitty Witham, the plucky English nun who helps her fellow sisters escape from their collapsing convent, and Manoel Portal, the Oratorian priest who flees the burning capital on his broken leg and goes on to write one of the definitive accounts of the disaster. Philosophers, kings, poets, emperors, scientists, scoundrels, journalists, and monkeys all make their appearance in this remarkable narrative of the mid-eighteenth century.

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3.3/5

Blindness by José Saramago

From Nobel Prize‚Äďwinning author Jos√© Saramago, a magnificent, mesmerizing parable of loss A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" that spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations, and assaulting women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides her From Nobel Prize‚Äďwinning author Jos√© Saramago, a magnificent, mesmerizing parable of loss A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" that spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations, and assaulting women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides her charges‚ÄĒamong them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears‚ÄĒthrough the barren streets, and their procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. As Blindness reclaims the age-old story of a plague, it evokes the vivid and trembling horrors of the twentieth century, leaving readers with a powerful vision of the human spirit that's bound both by weakness and exhilarating strength.

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3.2/5

The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition by Fernando Pessoa

Fernando Pessoa was many writers in one. He attributed his prolific writings to a wide range of alternate selves, each of which had a distinct biography, ideology. and horoscope. When he died in 1935, Pessoa left behind a trunk filled with unfinished and unpublished writings, among which were the remarkable pages that make up his posthumous masterpiece, The Book of Disquie Fernando Pessoa was many writers in one. He attributed his prolific writings to a wide range of alternate selves, each of which had a distinct biography, ideology. and horoscope. When he died in 1935, Pessoa left behind a trunk filled with unfinished and unpublished writings, among which were the remarkable pages that make up his posthumous masterpiece, The Book of Disquiet, an astonishing work that, in George Steiner's words, "gives to Lisbon the haunting spell of Joyce's Dublin or Kafka's Prague."Published for the first time some fifty years after his death, this unique collection of short, aphoristic paragraphs comprises the "autobiography" of Bernardo Soares, one of Pessoa's alternate selves. Part intimate diary, part prose poetry, part descriptive narrative, captivatingly translated by Richard Zenith, The Book of Disquiet is one of the greatest works of the twentieth century.

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Death with Interruptions by José Saramago , Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)

Nobel Prize-winner Jose Saramago's brilliant new novel poses the question what happens when the grim reaper decides there will be no more death? On the first day of the new year, no one dies. This, of course, causes consternation among politicians, religious leaders, morticians, and doctors. Among the general public, on the other hand, there is initially mass celebration. Nobel Prize-winner Jose Saramago's brilliant new novel poses the question what happens when the grim reaper decides there will be no more death? On the first day of the new year, no one dies. This, of course, causes consternation among politicians, religious leaders, morticians, and doctors. Among the general public, on the other hand, there is initially mass celebration. Flags are hung out on balconies; people dance in the streets. They have achieved the great goal of humanity: eternal life. Then reality hits home‚ÄĒfamilies are left to care for the permanently dying; life-insurance policies become meaningless; and funeral parlors are reduced to arranging burials for pet dogs, cats, hamsters, and parrots. Death sits in her chilly apartment, where she lives alone with scythe and filing cabinets and contemplates her experiment: What if no one ever died again? What if she, death with a small "d," became human and were to fall in love?

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4.2/5

Baltasar and Blimunda by José Saramago , Giovanni Pontiero (Translator)

From the recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature, a ‚Äúbrilliant...enchanting novel‚ÄĚ (New York Times Book Review) of romance, deceit, religion, and magic set in eighteenth-century Portugal at the height of the Inquisition. National bestseller. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero. When King and Church exercise absolute power what happens to the dreams of ordinary people? I From the recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature, a ‚Äúbrilliant...enchanting novel‚ÄĚ (New York Times Book Review) of romance, deceit, religion, and magic set in eighteenth-century Portugal at the height of the Inquisition. National bestseller. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero. When King and Church exercise absolute power what happens to the dreams of ordinary people? In early eighteenth century Lisbon, Baltasar, a soldier who has lost a hand in battle, falls in love with Blimunda, a young girl with strange visionary powers. From the day that he follows her home from the auto-da-fe where her mother is condemned and sent into exile, the two are bound body and soul by a love of unassailable strength. A third party shares their supper that evening: Padre Bartolemeu Louren√ßo, whose fantasy is to invent a flying machine. As the inquisition rages and royalty and religion clash, they pursue his impossible, not to mention heretical, dream of flight.

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3.2/5

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago , Giovanni Pontiero (Translator)

This is a skeptic' s journey into the meaning of God and of human existence. At once an ironic rendering of the life of Christ and a beautiful novel, Saramago' s tale has sparked intense discussion about the meaning of Christianity and the Church as an institution. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero.

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4.2/5

All the Names by José Saramago , Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)

Senhor José is a low-grade clerk in the city's Central Registry, where the living and the dead share the same shelf space. A middle-aged bachelor, he has no interest in anything beyond the certificates of birth, marriage, divorce, and death, that are his daily routine. But one day, when he comes across the records of an anonymous young woman, something happens to him. Obse Senhor José is a low-grade clerk in the city's Central Registry, where the living and the dead share the same shelf space. A middle-aged bachelor, he has no interest in anything beyond the certificates of birth, marriage, divorce, and death, that are his daily routine. But one day, when he comes across the records of an anonymous young woman, something happens to him. Obsessed, Senhor José sets off to follow the thread that may lead him to the woman-but as he gets closer, he discovers more about her, and about himself, than he would ever have wished. The loneliness of people's lives, the effects of chance, the discovery of love-all coalesce in this extraordinary novel that displays the power and art of José Saramago in brilliant form.

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4.9/5

The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis by José Saramago , Giovanni Pontiero (Translator)

The world's threats are universal like the sun but Ricardo Reis takes shelter under his own shadow. Back in Lisbon after sixteen years practicing medicine in Brazil, Ricardo Reis wanders the rain-sodden streets. He longs for the unattainably aristocratic Marcenda, but it is Lydia, the hotel chamber maid who makes and shares his bed. His old friend, the poet Fernando Pessoa, The world's threats are universal like the sun but Ricardo Reis takes shelter under his own shadow. Back in Lisbon after sixteen years practicing medicine in Brazil, Ricardo Reis wanders the rain-sodden streets. He longs for the unattainably aristocratic Marcenda, but it is Lydia, the hotel chamber maid who makes and shares his bed. His old friend, the poet Fernando Pessoa, returns to see him, still wearing the suit he was buried in six weeks earlier. It is 1936, the clouds of Fascism are gathering ominously above them, so they talk; a wonderful, rambling discourse on art, truth, poetry, philosophy, destiny and love.

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3.2/5

Os Maias by Eça de Queirós , Ester de Lemos (Introdução)

Os Maias √© uma das obras mais conhecidas do escritor portugu√™s E√ßa de Queiroz. O livro foi publicado no Porto em 1888. A ac√ß√£o de Os Maias passa-se em Lisboa, na segunda metade do s√©culo XIX, e apresenta-nos a hist√≥ria de tr√™s gera√ß√Ķes da fam√≠lia Maia. A ac√ß√£o inicia-se no Outono de 1875, quando Afonso da Maia, nobre e pobre propriet√°rio, se instala no Ramalhete com o neto Os Maias √© uma das obras mais conhecidas do escritor portugu√™s E√ßa de Queiroz. O livro foi publicado no Porto em 1888. A ac√ß√£o de Os Maias passa-se em Lisboa, na segunda metade do s√©culo XIX, e apresenta-nos a hist√≥ria de tr√™s gera√ß√Ķes da fam√≠lia Maia. A ac√ß√£o inicia-se no Outono de 1875, quando Afonso da Maia, nobre e pobre propriet√°rio, se instala no Ramalhete com o neto rec√©m formado em Medicina. Neste momento faz-se uma longa descri√ß√£o da casa - "O Ramalhete," cujo nome tem origem num painel de azulejos com um ramo de girass√≥is, e n√£o em algo fresco ou campestre, tal como o nome nos remete a pensar. Afonso da Maia era o personagem mais simp√°tico do romance e aquele que o autor mais valorizou, pois n√£o se lhe conhecem defeitos. √Č um homem de car√°cter, culto e requintado nos gostos. Em jovem aderiu aos ideais do Liberalismo e foi obrigado, por seu pai, a sair de casa e a instalar-se em Inglaterra. Ap√≥s o pai falecer regressa a Lisboa para casar com Maria Eduarda Runa, mas pouco tempo depois escolhe o ex√≠lio por raz√Ķes de ordem pol√≠tica. H√° em Os Maias um retrato da Lisboa da ep√≥ca. Carlos, que mora na Rua das Janelas Verdes, caminha com frequ√™ncia at√© ao Rossio (embora, por vezes, v√° a cavalo ou de carruagem). Algumas das lojas citadas no livro ainda existem - a Casa Havaneza, no Chiado, por exemplo. √Č poss√≠vel seguir os diferentes percursos de Carlos ou do Ega pelas suas da Baixa lisboeta, ainda que algumas tenham mudado de nome. No final do livro, quando Carlos volta a Lisboa muitos anos depois, somos levados a ver as novidades - a Avenida da Liberdade, que substituiu o Passeio P√ļblico, e que √© descrita como uma coisa nova, e feia pela sua novidade, exactamente como nos anos 70 se falava das casas de emigrante. O romance veicula sobre o pa√≠s uma perspectiva muito derrotista, muito pessimista. Tirando a natureza (o Tejo, Sintra, Santa Ol√°via...), √© tudo uma choldra ign√≥bil. Predomina uma vis√£o de estrangeirado, de quem s√≥ valoriza as civiliza√ß√Ķes superiores - da Fran√ßa e Inglaterra, principalmente. Os pol√≠ticos s√£o mesquinhos, ignorantes ou corruptos (Gouvarinho, Sousa Neto...); os homens das Letras sao bo√©mios e dissolutos, retr√≥grados ou distantes da realidade concreta (Alencar, Ega...: lembre-se o que se passou no Sarau do Teatro da Trindade); os jornalistas bo√©mios e venais (Palma...); os homens do desporto n√£o conseguem organizar uma corrida de cavalos, pois n√£o h√° hip√≥dromo √† altura, nem cavalos, nem cavaleiros, as pessoas n√£o vestem como o evento exigia, as senhoras traziam vestidos de missa. Para c√ļmulo de tudo isto, os protagonistas acabam vencidos da vida. Apesar de ser isto referido no fim do livro, pode-se ver que ainda h√° alguma esperanca impl√≠cita, nas passagens em que Carlos da Maia e Jo√£o da Ega dizem que o apetite humano √© a causa de todos os seus problemas e que portanto nunca mais ter√£o apetites, mas logo a seguir dizem que lhes est√° a apetecer um "prato de paio com ervilhas," ou quando dizem que a pressa n√£o leva a nada e que a vida deve ser levada com calma mas come√ßam a correr para apanhar o americano (el√©ctrico). Mais do que cr√≠tica de costumes, o romance mostra-nos um pa√≠s - sobretudo Lisboa - que se dissolve, incapaz de se regenerar. Quando o autor escreve mais tarde A Cidade e as Serras, exp√Ķe uma atitude muito mais construtiva: o protagonista regenera-se pela descoberta das ra√≠zes rurais ancestrais n√£o atingidas pela degrada√ß√£o da civiliza√ß√£o, num movimento inverso ao que predomina n'Os Maias.

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4.7/5

A Viagem do Elefante by José Saramago

Em meados do s√©culo XVI o rei D. Jo√£o III oferece a seu primo, o arquiduque Maximiliano da √Āustria, genro do imperador Carlos V, um elefante indiano que h√° dois anos se encontra em Bel√©m, vindo da √ćndia. Do facto hist√≥rico que foi essa oferta n√£o abundam os testemunhos. Mas h√° alguns. Com base nesses escassos elementos, e sobretudo com uma poderosa imagina√ß√£o de ficcionista Em meados do s√©culo XVI o rei D. Jo√£o III oferece a seu primo, o arquiduque Maximiliano da √Āustria, genro do imperador Carlos V, um elefante indiano que h√° dois anos se encontra em Bel√©m, vindo da √ćndia. Do facto hist√≥rico que foi essa oferta n√£o abundam os testemunhos. Mas h√° alguns. Com base nesses escassos elementos, e sobretudo com uma poderosa imagina√ß√£o de ficcionista que j√° nos deu obras-primas como Memorial do Convento ou O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis, Jos√© Saramago coloca agora nas m√£os dos leitores esta obra excepcional que √© A Viagem do Elefante. Neste livro, escrito em condi√ß√Ķes de sa√ļde muito prec√°rias n√£o sabemos o que mais admirar - o estilo pessoal do autor exercido ao n√≠vel das suas melhores obras; uma combina√ß√£o de personagens reais e inventadas que nos faz viver simultaneamente na realidade e na fic√ß√£o; um olhar sobre a humanidade em que a ironia e o sarcasmo, marcas da lucidez implac√°vel do autor, se combinam com a compaix√£o solid√°ria com que o autor observa as fraquezas humanas. Escrita dez anos ap√≥s a atribui√ß√£o do Pr√©mio Nobel, A Viagem do Elefante mostra-nos um Saramago em todo o seu esplendor liter√°rio.

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4.1/5

The History of the Siege of Lisbon by José Saramago , Giovanni Pontiero (Translator)

"If proofreaders were given their freedom and did not have their hands and feet tied by a mass of prohibitions more binding than the penal code, they would soon transform the face of the world, establish the kingdom of universal happiness, giving drink to the thirsty, food to the famished, peace to those who live in turmoil, joy to the sorrowful ... for they would be able "If proofreaders were given their freedom and did not have their hands and feet tied by a mass of prohibitions more binding than the penal code, they would soon transform the face of the world, establish the kingdom of universal happiness, giving drink to the thirsty, food to the famished, peace to those who live in turmoil, joy to the sorrowful ... for they would be able to do all these things simply by changing the words ..." The power of the word is evident in Portuguese author José Saramago's novel, The History of the Siege of Lisbon. His protagonist, a proofreader named Raimundo Silva, adds a key word to a history of Portugal and thus rewrites not only the past, but also his own life. Brilliantly translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero, The History of the Siege of Lisbon is a meditation on the differences between historiography, historical fiction, and "stories inserted into history." The novel is really two stories in one: the reimagined history of the 1147 siege of Lisbon that Raimundo feels compelled to write and the story of Raimundo's life, including his unexpected love affair with the editor, Maria Sara. In Saramago's masterful hands, the strands of this complex tale weave together to create a satisfying whole.

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4.1/5

Sostiene Pereira by Antonio Tabucchi , Carlos Gumpert (Translator) , Xavier Gonz√°lez Rovira (Translator)

Lisboa, 1938. En una Europa recorrida por el fantasma de los totalitarismos, Pereira, un periodista dedicado durante toda su vida a la secci√≥n de sucesos, recibe el encargo de dirigir la p√°gina cultural de un mediocre peri√≥dico. Pereira tiene un sentido un tanto f√ļnebre de la cultura y prefiere la literatura del pasado. Necesitado de un colaborador, contacta con el joven M Lisboa, 1938. En una Europa recorrida por el fantasma de los totalitarismos, Pereira, un periodista dedicado durante toda su vida a la secci√≥n de sucesos, recibe el encargo de dirigir la p√°gina cultural de un mediocre peri√≥dico. Pereira tiene un sentido un tanto f√ļnebre de la cultura y prefiere la literatura del pasado. Necesitado de un colaborador, contacta con el joven Monteiro Rossi. Y la intensa relaci√≥n que se establece entre el viejo periodista, Monteiro y su novia Marta cristalizar√° en una crisis personal, una maduraci√≥n interior y una dolorosa toma de conciencia que transformar√° profundamente la vida de Pereira.

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4.4/5

Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier , Barbara Harshav (Translator)

A huge international best seller, this ambitious novel plumbs the depths of our shared humanity to offer up a breathtaking insight into life, love, and literature itself. A major hit in Germany that went on to become one of Europe‚Äôs biggest literary blockbusters in the last five years, Night Train to Lisbon is an astonishing novel, a compelling exploration of consciousness A huge international best seller, this ambitious novel plumbs the depths of our shared humanity to offer up a breathtaking insight into life, love, and literature itself. A major hit in Germany that went on to become one of Europe‚Äôs biggest literary blockbusters in the last five years, Night Train to Lisbon is an astonishing novel, a compelling exploration of consciousness, the possibility of truly understanding another person, and the ability of language to define our very selves. Raimund Gregorius is a Latin teacher at a Swiss college who one day‚ÄĒafter a chance encounter with a mysterious Portuguese woman‚ÄĒabandons his old life to start a new one. He takes the night train to Lisbon and carries with him a book by Amadeu de Prado, a (fictional) Portuguese doctor and essayist whose writings explore the ideas of loneliness, mortality, death, friendship, love, and loyalty. Gregorius becomes obsessed by what he reads and restlessly struggles to comprehend the life of the author. His investigations lead him all over the city of Lisbon, as he speaks to those who were entangled in Prado‚Äôs life. Gradually, the picture of an extraordinary man emerges‚ÄĒa doctor and poet who rebelled against Salazar‚Äôs dictatorship.

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3.1/5

Seeing by José Saramago , Margaret Jull Costa (Translation)

On election day in the capital, it is raining so hard that no one has bothered to go out to vote. The politicians are growing jittery. Should they reschedule the elections for another day? Around three o' clock, the rain finally stops. Promptly at four, voters rush to the polling stations, as if they had been ordered to appear. But when the ballots are counted, more than 70 On election day in the capital, it is raining so hard that no one has bothered to go out to vote. The politicians are growing jittery. Should they reschedule the elections for another day? Around three o' clock, the rain finally stops. Promptly at four, voters rush to the polling stations, as if they had been ordered to appear. But when the ballots are counted, more than 70 percent are blank. The citizens are rebellious. A state of emergency is declared. But are the authorities acting too precipitously? Or even blindly? The word evokes terrible memories of the plague of blindness that hit the city four years before, and of the one woman who kept her sight. Could she be behind the blank ballots? A police superintendent is put on the case. What begins as a satire on governments and the sometimes dubious efficacy of the democratic system turns into something far more sinister. A singular novel from the author of Blindness.

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3.6/5

The Double by José Saramago , Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)

Tertuliano Maximo Afonso is a history teacher in a secondary school. He is divorced, involved in a rather one-sided relationship with a bank clerk, and he is depressed. To lift his depression, a colleague suggests he rent a certain video. Tertuliano watches the film and is unimpressed. During the night, noises in his apartment wake him. He goes into the living room to find Tertuliano Maximo Afonso is a history teacher in a secondary school. He is divorced, involved in a rather one-sided relationship with a bank clerk, and he is depressed. To lift his depression, a colleague suggests he rent a certain video. Tertuliano watches the film and is unimpressed. During the night, noises in his apartment wake him. He goes into the living room to find that the VCR is replaying the video, and as he watches in astonishment, he sees an actor who looks exactly like him - or, more specifically, exactly like the man he was five years before, moustachioed and fuller in the face. He sleeps badly. Against his own better judgement, Tertuliano decides to pursue his double. As he establishes the man's identity, what begins as a whimsical story becomes a dark meditation on identity and, perhaps, on the crass assumptions behind cloning - that we are merely our outward appearance rather than the sum of our experiences.

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3.5/5

The Lusiads by Lu√≠s de Cam√Ķes , Landeg White (Translator)

Oxford World's Classics 1998 is the quincentenary of Vasco da Gama's voyage via southern Africa to India, the voyage celebrated in this new translation of one of the greatest poems of the Renaissance. Portugal's supreme poet Camoes was the first major European artist to cross the equator. The freshness of that original encounter with Africa and India is the very essence of Oxford World's Classics 1998 is the quincentenary of Vasco da Gama's voyage via southern Africa to India, the voyage celebrated in this new translation of one of the greatest poems of the Renaissance. Portugal's supreme poet Camoes was the first major European artist to cross the equator. The freshness of that original encounter with Africa and India is the very essence of Camoes's vision. The first translation of The Lusiads for almost half a century, this new edition is complemented by an illuminating introduction and extensive notes.

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