Travels in My Homeland is a unique work by extraordinary individual. Actively involved in the savage wars between the Absolutists and the Liberals that raged in Portugal from 1828 to 1834, Almeida Garrett went on to become Portuguese Foreign Minister and the principal literary innovator of the Portuguese Romantic movement. First published in 1846, Travels in My Homeland is a fascinating mixture of fact and fiction. An account of Garretts journey from Lisbon to the provincial town of Santarem, the narrator also tells the story of Carlos, a political activist, who cannot chose between two women: the English Georgiana he loved in exile and Joahinna whom he left behind. The central theme is the fate of Portugal itself, for which Santarem serves as a microcosm of the country as a whole - symbol of national pride and of its degradation and corruption. At a time when the Portuguese literary scene was still dominated by the historical adventure novel, Travels in My Homeland broke new ground by combining elements from travel literature, the old sentimental novel and the epistolary genre. In doing so, Almeida Garrett created a national classic and even today Travels in My Homeland is listed in all major guide books to Portugal.
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
Edition: New edition
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