About Me

There's not a lot to know about me.

I'm from Portugal and I like to read. I'm fortunate enough to be able to read in English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. I read books from all over the world and I review them for my blog. I don't have favourite genres or eras: you'll find here reviews of novels, plays, poetry and sometimes non-fiction. I also like to use the blog to reveal, promote and discuss Portuguese writers who sadly aren't known in the English-speaking world.

UPDATED ON MARCH 25TH, 2017:

There's still not a lot to know about me.

I keep this blog to entertain myself and three or four friends. I used to blog a lot about what is commonly called "world literature," but nowadays I want to stick mostly to obscure Anglo-American prose fiction because it interests me a lot more than whatever Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Congolose, Hungarian, Chilean, Nigerian, Algerian, etc., flavor of the week the dark marketing forces are trying to inveigle me into consuming at the moment.

I also still blog about Portuguese literature - because somebody has to.

Since 2013 I've been writing prose fiction myself, on top of keeping a full-time job, so I no longer blog as much as I used to.

16 comments:

  1. Thank you for your post about Jose Luandino Vieira, I have just read his "Real Story of Domingos Xavier"

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    1. Michael, thank you for reading.

      What did you think of Luandino Vieira?

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  2. excellent blog indeed! for me especially inspirational was the samarago's series..i'm his great fan. thank you, jana

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Jana! It's also nice to see new faces around here.

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  3. I don't know why I never visited your blog before, but I will make up for this. Such a great blog you have!

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  4. This is an amazing blog. I found it while looking for decent reviews of Saramago's work. Your November 2012 Saramago month is by far the most informative and best written Saramago material available. Thank you very much indeed.

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind words. I'm glad those writings have been of service to you.

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  5. Many happy returns, Miguel! Your blog is a wonder and constant inspiration to me. It is like an enormous Borgesian encyclopedia which I like to explore from time to time despite the risk of getting lost for hours in it. I always look forward to your insightful and immensely informative posts.

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    1. Hello, thanks for remembering my birthday and your kind words!

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  6. A great blog! I wasn't aware of the great number of Portuguese writers who deserve my attention - because lamentably few of their works are translated into German. And yet, I'm luckier than others because I'm not limited to my native language... Like you I have sufficient command of several other languages to read books, even in Portuguese if need be.

    Keep on filling your blog with reviews and news about Portuguese literature! I'm following you now!

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    1. By the way, I too am running a book blog in English although I'm no native speaker: Edith's Miscellany at http://edith.lagraziana.blogspot.com.

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  8. Miguel, till i read your blog on book buying, I used to think that I am the only lone fool who keeps on squandering the hard earned money on buying books. With me its a kind of constipation, which seems to worsen, if I don't frequently regurgitate by dueling in dusty lanes to hunt for books or at times order them through booksellers. I was scanning internet for photographs of Pilar Del Rio and through which i stumbled onto your blog. Reading through your psyche actually gave me a soft pat on my back saying, pull along buddy...

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    1. Hello, Kunal, thanks for your kind words. I'm glad to know my reprobate way of life consoles others!

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