Books in Portuguese to Read this Year

Last year, UNESCO proclaimed the 5th of May as the World Portuguese Language Day. Although Portuguese is my mother tongue, I’ve recently been reading more books originally written in English than in Portuguese. There are some books written by lusophone authors that I definitely want to read until the end of the year, however. The list features writers from Portugal, Brazil and Angola.

 

Lillias Fraser by Hélia Correia

Hélia Correia won the Camões Prize (a literary career prize for authors who write in Portuguese) in 2015. Lillias Fraser is a historical fiction book about a Scottish girl who was part of a clan that lost the battle of Culloden against the English. She then ran away and moved to Portugal.

 

O Irmão Alemão (My German Brother) by Chico Buarque

The Brazilian author Chico Buarque is the latest winner of the Camões Prize. This book is a combination of fiction and reality. When he was 22 years old, Buarque discovered that he had a brother in Germany, so he decided to write a book about that.

 

A Maçã no Escuro (The Apple in the Dark) by Clarice Lispector

This is one of the books that I’m most unsure about what to expect, reason why I want to borrow it from the library instead of buying it. In this novel, the Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector tells the story of Martim, a man who takes refuge first in a hotel and then in a farm, since he believes that he has murdered his wife.

 

Quatro Contos Dispersos by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen

This is a collection of four short stories that were originally published separately and that are not connected with one another. Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen wrote various short stories throughout her life. These specific tales focus, for example, on a man that was sentenced to death and a blind musician who lives in Lisbon.

 

Gaveta de Papéis by José Luís Peixoto

I’ve read a couple of books by the Portuguese writer José Luís Peixoto. Some I truly enjoyed, others not so much. His writing style is most of the times striking and musical. So, I am eager to read Gaveta de Papéis, a poetry collection that, I believe, explores themes related to parenthood.

 

O Quase Fim do Mundo by Pepetela

I’ve been meaning to read a book by the Angolan writer Pepetela for a while. O Quase Fim do Mundo is a novel about what happens when animal life disappears from almost the entirety of the planet, the exception being a small area in Africa.

 

Are there any books originally written in Portuguese that you are eager to read? Tell me in the comments!

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