Journey to Portugal
Seen through the eyes of the author, this volume of travel writing reveals a Portugal of fascinating people, landscapes and hidden treasures as well as the inner thoughts of a highly original mind.
From the misty mountains of the north to the southern seascape of the Algarve, the travels of Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago are a passionate rediscovery of his own land.
Setting off in his veteran motor car, Saramago wants to travel to Portugal, as well as through it: by making it his destination the acclaimed writer hopes to take stock of his native land as it hovers on the edge of the modern world. He is no typical guide – he avoids the “sights” in favour of a remote Romanesque church, a cobweb-ridden chapel, the local and the domestic – but, with his deep fount of memory and erudite knowledge, each encounter evoking the span of Portugal’s history, he is anyone’s idea of a delightful travelling companion.