Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading by Oona Patrick

Selected Nonfiction on Lisbon:


Buck, Paul. Lisbon: A Cultural and Literary Companion. Cities of the Imagination Series. Interlink, 2001.

Graham, Philip. The Moon, Come to Earth: Dispatches from Lisbon. University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Lochery, Neill. Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939–45. PublicAffairs, 2011.

Molesky, Mark. This Gulf of Fire: The Destruction of Lisbon, or Apocalypse in the Age of Science and Reason. Knopf, 2015.

Page, Martin. The First Global Village: How Portugal Changed the World. Casa das Letras, 2006.

Saramago, José. Small Memories: A Memoir. Mariner Books, 2012.

Shrady, Nicolas. The Last Day: Wrath, Ruin and Reason in the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755. Penguin, 2008.


Selected Fiction:

Antunes, António Lobo. The Natural Order of Things. (Translated by Richard Zenith). Grove Press, 2001; The Land at the End of the World (Translated by Margaret Jull Costa) W.W. Norton, 2011.

Berger, John. Here Is Where We Meet. Vintage, 2005.

De Queirós, Eça. The Maias. (Translated by Margaret Jull Costa). New Directions, 2007.

Gersão, Teolinda. The City of Ulysses. Dalkey Archive, 2017.

Pessoa, Fernando. The Book of Disquiet. (Translated by Richard Zenith). Penguin, 2001.

Pires-STANDUPPires, Jacinto Lucas. The True Actor. (Translated by Jaime Braz and Dean Thomas Ellis). DISQUIET/Dzanc Books, 2013.

Saramago, José. The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. (Translated by Giovanni Pontiero). Mariner Books, 1992; The History of the Siege of Lisbon. (Translated by Giovanni Pontiero). Mariner Books, 1998.

Tabucchi, Antonio. Requiem: A Hallucination. (Translated by Margaret Jull Costa). New Directions, 1994; Pereira Declares: A Testimony. (Translated by Patrick Creagh). New Directions, 1997.

University of Lisbon Center for English Studies (ULICES/CEAUL). From the Edge: Portuguese Short Stories/Onde a Terra Acaba: Colectânea de Contos Portugueses. 101 Noites, 2012.


On Alberto de Lacerda:


Selected Luso-American and Luso-Canadian Works:

Clemente, Alice R. and George Monteiro, eds. The Gávea-Brown Book of Portuguese American Poetry. Gávea-Brown, Brown University, 2012.

De Sa, Anthony. Kicking the Sky, Doubleday Canada, 2013.

Gaspar, Frank X. Leaving Pico. University Press of New England, 2001; Stealing Fatima. Counterpoint Press, 2009; and The Holyoke. Tagus Press, Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, UMass Dartmouth, 2007 [1988].

MEMORIACOVER-1Moser, Robert H. and Antonio Luciano de Andrade Tosta, eds. Luso-American Literature: Writings by Portuguese-Speaking Authors in North America. Rutgers University Press, 2011.

Silva, Reinaldo. Representations of the Portuguese in American Literature. Tagus Press, Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, UMass Dartmouth, 2008.

Vaz, Katherine. Saudade. St. Martin’s Press, 1994; Fado and Other Stories. University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997; and Our Lady of the Artichokes and Other Portuguese-American Stories. Bison Books, 2008.

Viveiros, Fernanda, ed. Memória: An Anthology of Portuguese Canadian Writers. Fidalgo Books, 2013.


Selected Poetry and Other Works of Interest:

Andresen, Sophia de Mello Breyner. Log Book: Selected Poems (Translated by Richard Zenith). Carcanet Press, 1997; and Exemplary Tales (Translated by Alexis Levitin). Tagus Press, Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, UMass Dartmouth, 2015.

Mensagem_1934Barreno, Maria Isabel, Maria Teresa Horta, and Maria Velho da Costa. The Three Marias: New Portuguese Letters. Readers International USA, 1994 [1973].

Camões, Luís Vaz de. The Lusíads. (Translated by Landeg White). Oxford University Press USA, 2008.

Hudson, Ana. Poems from the Portuguese website. (Largest anthology of contemporary Portuguese poetry in English.)

Hyde, Austen, and Martin D’Evelin, trans. Lisbon Poets. Lisbon Poets & Co., 2015.

Nery, Rui Vieira. A History of Portuguese Fado. INCM, 2012.

Pessoa, Fernando. Pizarro, Jerónimo, ed. Lisbon Disquiet. (Translated by Margaret Jull Costa). Tell a Story, n.d.  A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: Selected Poems. (Translated by Richard Zenith). Penguin Classics, 2006; Fernando Pessoa and Co. (Translated by Richard Zenith). Grove Press, 1999.

Poetry International: Portugal website. Featuring essays by Richard Zenith.

Wenders, Wim, dir. Lisbon Story. (Film). Germany/Portugal. Madragoa Filmes, 1994.



“A Book, Open Wide, in Our Hands: Contemporary Portuguese Writing,” Philip Graham, ed. Hunger Mountain, n.9 special section (fall 2006).

“Crooked Grace: An Anthology of the Literature of Portugal,” Katherine Vaz, ed. Iowa Review, v.31/3 special section (2001–02).

“Bridging the Literary Border, Part II,” E. Martin Nolan, ed. The Puritan, Issue 25, supplement (spring 2014).

“Our Sonnets from the Portuguese,” Words without Borders (September 2007).

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