Urbano Tavares Rodrigues


Just noted that the Portuguese writer Urbano Tavares Rodrigues died today. None of his books has been translated into English and, as far as I can see, all the sites reporting his death are in Portuguese. I have his Bastardos do Sol [Bastards of the Soil] and A Vaga de Calor [Heatwave] but have yet to read them. He was very prolific, writing novels, stories, travel accounts and essays and lived to be ninety. He was a member of the Communist Party and had to work in France for some time. As a result, his work was influenced by existentialism. He spent sometime in prison under Salazar and this also coloured his work. I suspect that his work is unlikely to be translated into English.

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