Susana Moreira Marques

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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 

More information

  • 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.


  1. Lara Pawson says:

    I received my copy of Susana’s book yesterday, and began reading it on the tube. Came home late, and continued reading it in bed. I’m already nearly half-way through, and I’m enjoying it tremendously. I think it is her very delicate writing — like canapés on the page! — that I appreciate most. These tiny snapshots, as though you are looking through the small window of one of the homes, are very more-ish. Fascinated to see where we will end up. Thank you for sending me the book, And Other Stories. Delighted to be reading it. And will put up final thoughts when I’ve finished it.

  2. Lara Pawson says:

    … So I’ve finished it now. The images are staying with me, the ideas and thoughts and people that Susana brings to the page, are in my mind and I think will stay there for quite some time to come. In my mind, the sign of a good book. Very enjoyable indeed. Be great to see it translated.

  3. Jethro says:

    Just finished reading Agora e na hora da nossa morte. First of all, there are a good many things to like about the book itself: its design (beautiful, as ever, from Tinta de China); its size and layout; its unconventional format; its different registers and trust in the reader; its confidence (author and publisher) in doing something different. If only there were more books like it.

    In terms of the text, I like Lara’s suggestion of canapés, for the vignettes are indeed delicious little delicacies, and just when you’re ready for something a bit more substantial, the book changes gear and moves on to the portraits.

    As Julia says in her translator’s piece, there’s a whole range of generic registers at play, and like her I welcome the author being part of the story; there’s certainly poetry to some of the more abstract parts, but I found myself most drawn to the passages of ‘new journalism’, when we get to meet the people and places and hear their stories, but share the experience with the writer. Amen to that.


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