6 Translated from Portuguese Books You Should Read Right Now

translated from Portuguese books
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I had the privilege to learn Portuguese and explore a world I didn't know existed. The language did not only give me an insight into Portugal's history and culture, but it also introduced me to numerous Portuguese speaking artists and writers all over the world. In this list, I've gathered my favorite 6 translated from Portuguese books that I am positive you'll enjoy.

"The Relic" by Eça de Queiroz

(Amazon; €10)

The book is about Teodorico who embarks on a religious journey to Palestine in hopes that he'll please his rich aunt, Dona Maria do Patrocínio. The main themes are; social and religious hypocrisy. As most of Queiroz's work, "The Relic" is a social satire full of twists and surprises. This book is one you'll not be putting down.

"The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho

(Amazon; €6,8)

I read "The Alchemist" after watching a movie called "Paulo Coelho's Best Story" about the life of the Brazilian author, Paulo Coelho. The film was so touching and encouraging that I decided to read some of Coelho's work. "The Alchemist" was my first choice. The book tells the story of a young shepherd called Santiago who had a dream and traveled to Eygpt to find what he was looking for. The book is full of life lesson that you'll carry for the rest of your life. Truly life changing.

"Confession of the Lioness" by Mia Couto

(Amazon; €6,2)

I picked this book to research for a school paper without realizing I just read one of the most amazing books ever written. Without giving too much away, the story written by Mozambican author Mia Couto is about a village in Mozambique troubled by a lioness who has been killing the villagers. The chapters are well divided and help readers see the story from different perspectives. You can read The Guardian book review here.

"Travels in my Homeland" by Almeida Garrett

(Amazon; €10,8)

Almeida Garrett is one of the most important personalities in 18-19 century Portugal who changed the course of the country's history. The book is not just a travel diary and it's not just a love story. It talks about the civil war that occurred in Portugal between the brothers Don Miguel and Don Pedro. It also shows the conflict between modernity and tradition and between the friars and the bourgeois.

"The Book of Disquiet" by Fernando Pessoa

(Amazon; €15,3)

This is one of the heaviest books to read. It's sort of an autobiography written by one of Fernando Pessoa's heteronyms (he has at least 70). The Guardian named the book under the title "Books to give you hope". "The Book of Disquiet" is dark, it's profound and it's one of a kind. 

"Doomed Love" Camilo Castelo Branco

(Amazon; €30,9)

Camilo Castelo Branco did not have an easy life. He was arrested for digging up his first wife's remains and he was imprisoned for adultery. While he was in jail for the latter "crime", he wrote "Dommed Love". A story about Simão Botelho and Teresa de Albuquerque who love each other dearly, but their families are rivals. 

What is your favorite Portuguese book? Let us know in the comments below!

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