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Advice to Writers From Two Great Names of Portuguese Literature

These two books about the writing process and the experience of being a writer are must-have guides for writers in Portugal (and any other writers who have access to them). Aspiring writers in the Lusofone world are lucky to have these books, as two big literary names share years of wonderful – and sometimes painful…

The First Portuguese Detective Novel

During my last trip to Portugal I told myself that I wouldn’t buy any books. Like many booklovers, I’m a compulsive buyer of books. In the past I’ve skipped buying certain food items to have the money to buy books (a habit that my family challenged me over years ago when they saw how thin…

Salmon in October and Dahlias in June

Victorian novelists often spoke with a narrator’s voice that was very much the voice of the author. It’s an explicit acknowledgement that the relationship is between a reader and a writer, that although the action will play out between the characters, the hand of the author is not entirely invisible. Dickens opens Our Mutual Friend…

Donna Leon: Crime, Canals and Contralto

As the 31st Brunetti novel is published, Donna Leon remains as urbane and unaffected as ever. She is the crime writer who spends her time reading Dickens, Trollope and classic Greek literature. Leon presents herself as the cheerful book lover who stumbled into a career as an internationally bestselling author. Dividing her time between Switzerland…

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