Journey to Portugal by Jose Saramago
In Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture

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José Saramago was born in Portugal in 1922. His work includes plays, poetry, short stories, nonfiction, and seven novels. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.Amanda Hopkinson translates contemporary literature, mainly from Latin America, and is a reviewer for leading British newspapers.Nick Caistor, journalist and producer of BBC programs, has translated the work of several authors including Eduardo Mendoza and Juan Carlos Onetti.
Published March 6, 2002 by Mariner Books. 464 pages
Genres: Travel, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction

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In 1979, 19 years before he won the Nobel Prize for literature, Portuguese novelist Saramago (Blindness) journeyed across his homeland, hoping ""to write a book on Portugal that [would be] capable of offering a fresh way of looking, a new way of feeling"" about the country's history and culture.

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In 1551, King João III of Portugal presented an Indian elephant named Solomon to Archduke Maximilian of Austria (the future Holy Roman Emperor) as a belated wedding present on his marriage to the daughter of King Carlos of Spain.

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