Today is my birthday and I’m not revealing my age but there’s only one year left before my 30th. I’ve decided to dedramatise the whole thing by throwing myself a challenge: before my 30th birthday, I’m going to read 30 books originally written in Portuguese.
The theme is connected to my learning Portuguese, which I wrote about previously. Hopefully by the end of the challenge I’ll be able to read a novel in the original text. One year is a long time and, by some twist of fate, I might find myself in Brazil making rapid progress and accessing thousands of books in Portuguese 😉 In the meantime though, I’ll have to make do with what’s available locally in translation.
Composing this list is going to be hard, since my lusophone literary culture is admittedly close to naught at the moment and I’d ideally like to mix things up and include several countries as well as different time periods. I do realise that it’s really just a starting point, for a list of 30 books can only cover a tiny bit of lusophone literature(s).
Here are some ideas that came to mind:
- Blindness by José Saramago
- The Lusiads by Luís Vaz de Camões (lent by @notmutant)
- Anything by Mia Couto
- As três Marias by Rachel de Queiroz
- Anything by Pepetela (Artur Carlos Maurício Pestana dos Santos)
As you can see, there are still a lot of voices missing from this list…
Do you have books to recommend? Books to lend or give away? Any helpful links to check out in relation to this challenge? I can be found on Twitter at @hardcorekancil, Instagram @lailaontheroad or right here in the comments section.
Thanks in advance 🙂