Journey to Portugal

Journey to Portugal : A Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture

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From the misty mountains of the north to the southern seascape of the Algarve, the travels of Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago are a passionate rediscovery of his own land.

Setting off in his veteran motor car, Saramago wants to travel to Portugal, as well as through it: by making it his destination the acclaimed writer hopes to take stock of his native land as it hovers on the edge of the modern world. He is no typical guide - he avoids the "sights" in favour of a remote Romanesque church, a cobweb-ridden chapel, the local and the domestic - but, with his deep fount of memory and erudite knowledge, each encounter evoking the span of Portugal's history, he is anyone's idea of a delightful travelling companion.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 29mm | 319g
  • The Harvill Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 70 b&w photographs, 6 maps
  • 1860468721
  • 9781860468728
  • 67,427

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"One feels privileged to be in his company... This book is a joy to pick up and a delight to read"
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"No portico, farmhouse or ancient church is left undisturbed in Saramago's readable, if labyrinthine, tale of travelling across his homeland in 1979" -- Samuel Muston * Independent * "None but a Portuguese could have written this book; none but Saramago could produce travel writing like this. It is a wholly appropriate tribute to that astonishing juncture where the sea ends and the land begins" -- Henry Sheen * New Statesman * "A book that...is a search for his country's heartbeat... The writing is, as always with Saramago, dense: a labyrinth of meaning and innuendo. But what is clear is that he loves Portugal." -- Simon Blow * Independent on Sunday * "One feels privileged to be in his company... This book is a joy to pick up and a delight to read" -- Hugh O'Shaughnessy * Tablet *
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About Jose Saramago

Jose Saramago is one of the most important international writers of the last hundred years. Born in Portugal in 1922, he was in his sixties when he came to prominence as a writer with the publication of Baltasar and Blimunda. A huge body of work followed, translated into more than forty languages, and in 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Saramago died in June 2010.
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4 30% (197)
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2 16% (104)
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