A concise history of Portugal dedicated mainly to the discoveries of the navigators and the transition from imperial power to modern European nation state. Some coverage of the early origins and Roman and Islamic period is included. Written by José Hermano Saraiva, a household name in Portugal where this history is a bestseller and in its eighteenth edition. This edition includes 32 pages of photographs and...
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This beautifully illustrated book consists of a series of encounters with writers, artists, and musicians living in London, all of whom are exiles or emigres displaced from their cultural and geographical origins. The subjects include poet John Rety from Hungary, painter Fawzi Karim from Iraq, novelist Moris Farhi from Turkey, poet Martina Evans from Ireland, artist Ana Maria Pacheco from Brazil, actor Andr...
The story of a rustic boyhood, first love and eventual exile from a harsh homeland, by one of the giants of modern Portuguese and European fiction. Miguel Torga's celebrated Tales & More Tales from the Mountain, published by Carcanet in 1995, are set in the remote and barren Tras-os-Montes -- 'over the mountains' -- in north-east Portugal. There the writer was born among illiterate country people. In The Cr...
Edward Lear (1812-1888) is one of the best-loved of English poets. His comic invention and unconstrained sense of the absurd have been enjoyed by generations of children, and treasured by adults conscious of the subtle melancholy that underlies the fun. This collection includes all the favourite nonsense poems. Peter Swaab sets them alongside a generous selection from Lear's six travel books (including his ...