Journey to Portugal

Journey to Portugal

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When José Saramago decided some twenty years ago to write a book about Portugal, his only desire was that it be unlike all other books on the subject, and in this he has certainly succeeded. Recording the events and observations of a journey across the length and breadth of the country he loves dearly, Saramago brings Portugal to life as only a writer of his brilliance can. Forfeiting sources of information such as tourist guides and road maps, he scours the country with the eyes andears of an observer fascinated by the ancient myths and history of his people. Whether an inaccessible medieval fortress set on a cliff, a wayside chapel thick with cobwebs, or a grand mansion in the city, the extraordinary places of this land come alive with kings, warriors, painters, explorers, writers, saints, and sinners. Always meticulously attentive to those elements of ancient Portugal that persist today, Saramago examines the country in its current period of rapid transition and growth.

Infused with the tenderness and intelligence that have become familiar to his readers, Saramago's Journey to Portugal is an ode of love for a country and its rich traditions.

Publisher: New York : Harcourt, c2000.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9780151005871
0151005877
Branch Call Number: 914.690444 Sar 3701 2
Characteristics: xii, 452 p. : ill., maps.
Additional Contributors: Caistor, Nick
Hopkinson, Amanda 1948-

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