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Journey to Portugal - A Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture (Paperback, New Ed) Loot Price: R222
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Journey to Portugal - A Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture (Paperback, New Ed)

Jose Saramago

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This vivid and authentic travel book demonstrates Saramagos total understanding of the Portuguese character, which has allowed him to create a truly astonishing picture of the search for a countrys heart. From the mountains of the north to the sultry seas of the Algarve, the Nobel Prize-winning author takes us on a voyage of rediscovery. As he re-encounters his own land (in his veteran automobile) we are allowed insights that few non-Portuguese writers could provide. Again and again, incidents from the bizarre to the entertainingly banal illustrate the quirks of the national character and make for delightful reading. We are shown a land on the brink of modernity, still clinging passionately to the past but tipping into the new age. There are no conventional sights here: we are more likely to be taken into a cobweb-festooned chapel than to a cosy bistro. But as an introduction to his countrys history, as much as its topography, this is splendid stuff. The translation by Nick Caistor and Amanda Hopkinson is also excellent: too often, pedestrian translations torpedo idiomatic foreign writing, but here the poetically wrought English prose is one of the principal pleasures afforded by the book. Readers will be keen for more from the talented Saramago. (Kirkus UK)
Crossing his native land from northeast to southwest, the great novelist explores the villages and towns of Portugal and discovers what it is that binds him to his country and his people. Climbing into his aged motor, Jose Saramago's trip across Portugal is a voyage of discovery about his own land. His attention to all he sees is meticulous, whether it be a cobweb-ridden chapel or a grand urban mansion, and each unlocks a thousand memories - of kings, warriors, painters, explorers, writers, saints and sinners. What unites his observations is Saramago's distinctive character as a travelling companion: whether genial after a glass of wine and a drive through misty mountains, or tetchy at being greeted in English by an Algarve hotelier, he is invariably delightful and stimulating company.


Imprint: The Harvill Press
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: 2002
Authors: Jose Saramago
Dimensions: 199 x 132 x 29mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 452
Edition: New Ed
ISBN-13: 978-1-86046-872-8
Languages: English
Subtitles: Portuguese
Categories: Books > Sport & Leisure > Travel & holiday > Travel writing
Books > Travel > Travel writing
Books > Sport & Leisure > Travel & holiday > Travel writing > General
Books > Travel > Travel writing > General
LSN: 1-86046-872-1
Barcode: 9781860468728

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