Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 464 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade.
From the Publisher
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 and ears 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.