Susana Moreira Marques is a writer and journalist. She was born in Porto in 1976 and now lives in Lisbon, where she writes for Público and Jornal de Negócios. Between 2005 and 2010 Moreira Marques lived in London, working at the BBC World Service while also a correspondent for Portuguese newspaper Público. Her journalism has won several prizes, including the Prémio AMI – Jornalismo Contra a Indiferença and the 2012 UNESCO ‘Human Rights and Integration’ Journalism Award (Portugal). Now and at the Hour of Our Death is her first book.
Praise for Susana Moreira Marques
- ‘This year I was internally rearranged by “Now and at the Hour of Our Death,” a piece of lyric reportage by a Portuguese journalist, Susana Moreira Marques. It’s an account of hospice care in a rural region of Portugal, but it’s also a long poem built of morphine and gauze and ragged breathing and roadside crosses. Its glimpses splintered into me and have not left.’ Leslie Jamison, New York Times
‘The writing of Susana Moreira Marques has the quiet intensity and the transformative power of poetry. She describes, in tender detail, the dying of people and the slow dying of a remote rural community, the one superimposed on the other.’ Iona Heath, author of Matters of Life and Death: Key Writings
‘Moreira Marques has the ability to evoke an entire lifespan in a few words or sentences, summoning an individual through a brief experience, event or gesture … Her great achievement is to situate dying so squarely within life itself. She liberates death and dying back into the messy business of living.’ Anne Karpf, author of How to Age
- Read more about ‘one of the best books ever written about the meaning of life’s end’, Now and at the Hour of Our Death, published by And Other Stories in 2015.
- Susanna Moreira Marques discusses grief and Now and the the Hour of Our Death for BBC World Service.