Viaggio in Portogallo by Jose Saramago, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. When José Saramago decided to write a book about Portugal some twenty years Mi è parsa una lettura interminabile quella di questo viaggio in Portogallo. Buy Viaggio in Portogallo by Jose Saramago From WHSmith today! FREE delivery to store or FREE UK delivery on all orders over £

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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.

His work includes plays, poetry, short stories, nonfiction, and seven novels, including Baltasar and Blimunda and The History of the Seige of Lisbon. In he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Amanda Hopkinson translates contemporary literature, mainly from Latin America, and reviews for leading British newspapers.

Il viaggio non finisce mai. Solo i viaggiatori finiscono Bisogna ricominciare il viaggio. Sempre” Primo libro ma non certamente l’ultimo che leggo di Saramago! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Recording the events and observations of a journey across the length and breadth of the country that he loves dearly, this travelogue brings Portugal to life as only a writer of Saramago’s 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 the kings, warriors, painters, explorers, writers, saints, and sinners who have fed its rich store of myth and history. Always meticulously attentive to those elements of ancient Portugal that persist today, he examines the country in its current period of rapid transition and growth.

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At the end of certain pages, the reader begins to gain a complicity with the so-called “traveler”, a character who gives life to the writer himself, doing a self-evaluation. Visiting monuments of viaggioo cultural interest, in the context of the Portuguese people churches, museums, monasteriesmixed with some words with their personal stamp, I should not consider this work the most meritorious of Saramago. It is also a portrait of the portogalloo Portugal, both urban and rural.

Saramago is a congenial travel companion, although I have to admit to less of an interest in churches than he displays. Actually, than most people display. Saramafo was over-ambitious of me to think that I would actually read all of this before travelling to Portugal, and maybe, maybe it was over-ambitious of Saramago to think that he could create something that was neither guide book nor travel book.


Maybe, maybe it was my mistake to think that I could use something that wasn’t meant as a guide book Saramago is a congenial travel companion, although I have to admit to less of an interest in churches than portogalloo displays.

Maybe, maybe it was my mistake to think that I could use something that wasn’t meant as a guide book as one. Ib was certainly my mistake to think I could read a travel book.

The beauty of the writing and the pleasure of the company doesn’t quite make up for the fact that basically, he’s visiting places that have little to offer apart from, yawn a church. Oh, and another church. In a place where portogalko people use the church as a place to celebrate mass, and don’t think of it as a place to visit.

The voice is a delight. I did enjoy his company. But I think I would have to take a year out of my life to follow his journey with the kind of respect and attention that would be his viahgio.

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Viaggio in Portogallo

Take the long way home In those old days way before smart phones and Google maps, one read a travel guide book to learn something about the place you just found along the road. You want some historical facts, maybe a funny anecdote and a little relevance as to why this place joe in the guide book in the first place.

Sometimes it helps; sometimes, not. So what if your guide book was written by a Nobel laureate? Is it a better guide? Are the anecdotes better? Well for one, and having been to Portugal, there are a lot of churches, castles and places to stop for lunch.

But they are so good there. Democracy viaggoi still young and the country is very poor. He begins, in the far northeast, Tras-do-montes, made famous much later in The High Mountains of Portugal. Saramago is quick to point out he is not a tourist, but a traveler. To travel is to discover; a tourist only encounters. Admission was either free or make a donation. Sarwmago asked a lot of questions, observed, got lost, met some odd encounters and documented his native Portugal.

He is a well-known atheist and yet he was fascinated by all those churches. Very similar to Julian Barnes too. He was also a well known communist and only once did he visit a collective in the Alentejo. But his fascination for his country shows. This comes as an odd review. I think for many, it can be a little dated and maybe a little boring.

Easily a three star rating. For me it was the opposite. His good humour keeps me entertained. And there are so many places I still need to see. And portoagllo he calls Casa do bicos in Lisboa one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Years later his Foundation portogalpo be located in this house, and having visited it, I heartily agree with him. As a Saramago fan, I am too biased.


It was a fun journey, one that I made in his own language too. And with that I can only thank him for such a pleasurable, long way home.

And when ready, the traveler gladly carries on the journey. Vila Real do Mateus, p. E Nossa Senhora do Enjeito Egito. Ou serviu a que da escarpa foi retirada brutalmente para uose a plataforma onde se cavaram os alicerces. Castelo Pena, Sintra, p. May 24, Jolanta Da rated it really liked it Shelves: This voyage is going to be a great one! The end of one journey is simply the start of another. You have to see what you missed the first time, see again, what you already saw, portogallp in springtime what you saw in summer, in daylight what you saw at night, see the sun shining where you saw the rain falling, see the crops growing, the fruit ripen, the stone which has moved, the shadow saramqgo was not there before.

You have to go back to the footsteps already taken, to go over them again or add fresh ones alongside them. You have to start the journey anew. The traveller sets out once more. If you talk to him in a bar or the cloister of a monastery if could change your life. O natural serial, estando em Braganca, ver o que a cidade tem para mostrar, e depois deitar as vistas em redor, pedra aqui, paisagem cola, respeitando a viaggik dos viagio.

Ir ao Museu de Aveiro eh uma aventura. Tem como todos, suas horas de abrir e fechar Belmonte eh a terra de Pedro Alvares Cabral, aquele que em chegou ao Brasil e cujo retrato, em medalha, se diz estar no claustro dos Jeronimos. O Convento de Tomar eh o portico, eh o coro manuelino, eh a charola, eh a grande jlse, eh o claustro. E eh o resto.

Journey to Portugal: In Pursuit of Portugal’s History and Culture

Sao muitas aa voltas para chegar a Fatima. Culpa sua, culpa do acaso, ou irremediavel necessidade, diga-o quem souber.

Comecara, sim senhor, por ir a Batalha, e a seguir, por Sao orge e Cos, ira olhar Nazare. Felipa, deitados lado a lado, dando-lhe ele a mao a ela, na figuracao dos Bem Casados Das Cladas da Rainha a Obidos chega-se num suspiro.

O Convento de Mafra eh grande. Grande eh o Convento de Mafra. De Mafra eh grande o convento. Soa tres maneiras de dizer, podiam ser algumas mais, e todas podem se resumir desta maneira simples: O Viajante ah escolheu o seu.