ACHUKA Book of the Day Tuesday 11 Feb 2020
A story by Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese writer Jose Saramago, gorgeously illustrated in woodcuts by one of Brazil’s most famous artists.
When a lizard appears in the neighborhood of Chiado, in Lisbon, it surprises passers-by, and mobilizes firefighters and the army.
The short story was originally included in A Bagagem do Viajante (1973), a volume that brought together the Saramago chronicles for the newspaper A Capital and the weekly Jornal do Fundão.
[Jose Francisco] Borges is Brazil’s best-known folk poet and artist working in the wood-cut medium. He comes out of a long tradition of folk poet/artists who publish their own work in the form of small chap-books or pamphlets written in verse, known as folhetos.
“Borges contributes bold, rustic woodcuts that leave plenty of room for symbolic interpretations…. A pensive, allegorical fairy tale for readers ready to sit with perplexity.” KIRKUS