Books to fall in love with these locations

26 de March, 2020

There are several works that portray the best places in Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra. Take the opportunity to catch up on reading and fall in love with the best European capital.

Once Upon a Time Lisbon
Author: Luís Ribeiro

The History of Lisbon is made up of lives, places, passions, tragedies, confrontations, conspiracies and, when we get to know Lisbon, we travel in a kind of “time machine” and discover a city that has gone through the worst calamities since the 1755 earthquake, the Black Death and for the flood that killed hundreds of people from Lisbon, but also attended the departure of caravels, royal weddings and the bustle of Terreiro do Paço and its people.

Night Train to Lisbon
Author: Pascal Mercier

Editorial phenomenon in Europe, Night Train to Lisbon has sold two and a half million copies since it was published in 2004 in Germany, where it spent three years in the best-selling books table. The success even transformed the title of the book written by Pascal Mercier – literary pseudonym of the philosopher Peter Bieri -, into an idiomatic expression, used to refer to someone who intends to change his life. Moreover, there are many foreigners who, in recent years, have traveled to Lisbon in search of Amadeu do Prado.

Meeting in Lisbon
Author: Tom Gabbay

The year is 1940. Jack Teller, a Hollywood double, and Lili Sterne, a movie star, arrive in Lisbon with the intention of meeting a childhood friend of the actress, who they think is lost among the thousands of refugees in the city. The task is more difficult than it looks. From track to track, Jack visits the most diverse spaces in the capital, becoming familiar with spies and strange characters.

A Small Death in Lisbon
Author: Robert Wilson

In the late 1990s, in Lisbon, inspector Zé Coelho, of the Judiciary Police, investigated the homicide of a disturbed teenager. At first glance, however, the investigation is closely associated with a mission that Klaus Felsen, a German businessman, received in 1941 and which forced him to enlist in the SS and head for the mountains of northern Portugal.

Two Hotels in Lisbon
Author: David Leavitt

In 1940, with thousands of refugees in Lisbon waiting for a visa to travel to the United States and escape World War II, Pete and Julia Winters meet Edward and Iris Freleng, another American couple who, like them, are staying in one of two existing Francfort hotels in the city. The couples’ apparent tranquility is, however, put to the test when an intense passion ignites between Pete and Edward.

Estoril – A War Romance
Author: Dejan Tiago-Stankovic

We are in the 40s of the twentieth century, Portugal is the meeting point and escape for an entire Europe in the upheavals of World War II. If Lisbon is a nest of political intrigue, Estoril is the Portuguese Riviera where, among kings, millionaires and Europe’s crème de la crème in disarray, spies from various sources move. The protagonist of the novel is the Hotel Palácio, from Estoril, a place of glamor and luxury where, in the oasis of peace that was a Portugal in its neutrality regime, the very rich, immensely influential or simply the most fortunate on their way varied exiles.

Passengers of the Mist
Author: Montserrat Rico Góngora

In September 1930, Aleister Crowley, a man who is supposed to worship the devil and who was expelled from Italy by Mussolini, arrives unexpectedly in the city of Lisbon. Apparently, I wanted to meet Fernando Pessoa. What unites them is astrology and esotericism, so they corresponded for some time. However, on the 23rd of September of that same year, the enigmatic English wizard disappears on the cliffs of Boca do Inferno, a few days after meeting the poet. The press and local authorities take care of the case, starting by analyzing a suicide note allegedly left by the Englishman. What will have happened? Who could be involved in this disappearance?

Os Maias
Author: Eça de Queirós

One of the greatest and most recognized works of the Portuguese writer, where Sintra is constantly portrayed as an enchanted and seductive village. “In the middle of the 19th century, this beautiful village was, among many things, a meeting place for couples in love, especially those who, according to the same society, should not be. We speak, of course, of the forbidden loves. It was due to the fact that Sintra was, at the same time, remote and close to Lisbon. In other words, it was far enough from critical eyes and, as the trip was not very long, it was close to the capital.”

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