The city and the Mountains
Pessoa wrote under many different heteronyms--characters he created. At least 72 of them are known and the most common is Alberto Caeiro, a shepherd; Ricardo Reis, a man of letters; and Álvaro de Campos, a free spirit.
José Saramago (1922-2010) was the first Portuguese recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1998, and he has introduced Portuguese writing to readers across the world. He blends fact and fiction to create surrealistic reflections on life
I am nothing I shall never be anything I cannot want to be anything. Aside from that, I have within me all the dreams of the world.
Born in 1525, Camões died in obscurity in 1580. The day he died is Portugal's national day. But many facts of his life are missing.
This is the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Jesuit poet, António Vieira (1608 - 1697). Vieira is credited for taking the myth of a dead king and giving it new life. He wrote of a new millennium in which Portugal's lost king would return to the world. For...
Alexandre Herculano, (1810-1877) introduced the historic novel to Portugal His remains lie in a majestic tomb in the Jerónimos Monastery at Belém, near Lisbon.
At various times called Crow, Cormorant, Marco, Statue, Lighthouse, St. Thomas or Black Island, it is the smallest island in the Azorean archipelago and the last to be settled. It is 4 miles long and 2.5 miles wide, harboring a community of just over 400 souls. "But we have more than a thousand head of cattle," says the van driver who awaits us at the pier.
Gil Vicente (1465-1536) was Portugal’s greatest playwright. His work represents the coming together of the mediaeval and the Renaissance spirit.
José de Sousa Saramago was Portugal’s premiere writer and the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature. His 1986 "Stone Raft" is a tale of the Iberian Peninsula breaking off from Europe and floating out to sea.