João Ricardo Pedro was born in 1973 in Reboleira, Amadora. Curious about the Lorentz force, he went on to study electrotechnical engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon. For more than ten years João worked in telecommunications, never having to apply any of the fascinating Maxwell’s equations.
In the spring of 2009, as a consequence of the economic downturn in Portugal, he found himself with more time than he needed in order to fulfil his daily duties. In a surge of pragmatism, he began to write. O Teu Rosto Será o Último is his first novel.
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O Teu Rosto Será o Último (Yours will be the Last Face I See)
This fascinating novel was awarded the LeYa Prize in 2011.
It all begins with a man leaving his house on a cold morning, with a gun in his hand. What moves him will remain unknown almost until the end, or maybe not even then.
After all, it seems that the story of the doctor who took care of him when he was badly hurt, forty years before, Dr Augusto Mendes, might be more important. Or of Dr Augusto’s son António, who did two tours in Africa, corresponding with a girl he had met in a bookshop. Or even of his grandson, Duarte, who one day rode his bike completely naked.
Through apparently autonomous episodes – against the backdrop of the 1974 Revolution – this novel builds the story of a family scarred by the long years of dictatorship, by political repression, by the colonial war.
The grandson Duarte grows up surrounded by these foreign memories – often traumatic, often obscure. Gifted with enormous talent, a precocious and prodigious pianist, he appears to be the one able to restore the family’s lost hopes. But will his art be redemptive or just bring other conflicts?
- O Teu Rosto Será o Último was featured in our winter 2012 Portuguese reading group.
- Francisco Vilhena’s translation sample from the novel by João Ricardo Pedro (187) is available to download for free.
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