Camões: Made in Goa

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Translated by: Landeg White

9789386301611 | Paperback | pp. 191 | 2017 | Under The Peepal Tree

This book collects, with degrees of certainty from the absolute to the tentative, the lyric poems Camões wrote in Goa. They are translated from Portuguese, but they are very far from representing Portuguese colonial culture, which he at times wrote of with great scorn.

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Luís de Camões (1524-1580) was the first great European artist to cross into the Southern Hemisphere, and his poetry bears the mark of nearly two decades spent in India, North and East Africa, the Persian Gulf and Macau. His The Lusíads is world famous, but his large and equally great body of lyric poetry is almost unknown outside Portugal. From an elegy set in Morocco, to a hymn written at Cape Guardafui on the northern tip of Somalia, to the first modern European love poems addressed to a non-European woman, these lyrics reflect Camões’ encounter with radically unfamiliar places and peoples.

The bulk of those years – from 1554 to 1568 – were spent in Goa where at least half of his poetry, including The Lusíads, seems to have been composed. He arrived not as a Viceroy, Governor or Admiral, not an authority figure of any kind, but as a convict soldier, sentenced for an assault in Lisbon to military service overseas. he was jailed on three occasions (see the cover picture) and when he left he was almost certainly fleeing the Inquisition.

This book collects, with degrees of certainty from the absolute to the tentative, the lyric poems Camões wrote in Goa. They are translated from Portuguese, but they are very far from representing Portuguese colonial culture, which he at times wrote of with great scorn.

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Contributors:

Poet: Luis de Camões
Translator: Landeg White

ISBN:

9789386301611

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

191

Year of Publication:

2017

Publisher:

Under The Peepal Tree

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Contirbutors

Luís Vaz de Camões (c. 1524 or 1525 – 10 June 1580), is considered Portugal’s and the Portuguese language’s greatest poet. His mastery of verse has been compared to that of Shakespeare and Dante. He wrote a considerable amount of lyrical poetry and drama but is best remembered for his epic work Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads).

Landeg White was born in South Wales in 1940, and named for his maternal grandfather. A preacher’s son, he spent his childhood in Cheshire, Glasgow and Hertfordshire before graduating from Liverpool University.

Since 1994, he lived in Portugal where he taught at the Universidade Aberta (Open University). Here, he published a prize-winning translation of Camões The Lusiads, and four further collections of poetry, including Where the Angolans are Playing Football: Selected and New Poems and Arab Work.

The Collected Lyrics of Luís de Camões was published by Princeton University Press in 2008. Singing Bass, a further collection of poems, appeared in 2009, and Livingstone’s Funeral, a novel, in 2010. Letters from Portugal was published in 2014, Living in the Delta in 2015 and a revised edition of Traveller’s Palm by Kondwani publications in 2017. Another novel, Ultimatum, was published in 2017 and this book, Camões: Made in Goa, was published just before Landeg’s death in December 2017.

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