Reading period: 3 months (July-September 2018)

We are now on the lookout for more great books in the Portuguese language (or: Lusophone books, for the nerds), after having discovered Susana Moreira Marques’s incredible Now and at the Hour of Our Death in a previous Portuguese reading group.

In previous years we’ve been restricted to reading Portuguese authors only. This year we’re excited to announce that, for the first time ever, we have an all-Brazilian reading list: Sombras de reis barbudos by José J. Veigas, Acre by Lucrecia Zappi, Como se estivéssemos em palimpsesto de putas by Elvira Vigna and Noite dentro da noite by Joca Reiners Terron. Three of the four chosen titles were published within the last two years, while the fourth was published in the 1970s but has been recently republished.

We hope you’ll join us in reading these books. Do get in touch and feel free to add your comments to the author pages. We’d also love to see you at our London or New York meet-up too! We hope you’ll join us in reading the books with us. Do get in touch and feel free to add your comments to the author pages. We’d also love to see you at our US or UK meet-ups too!

How it works

1. To read the whole book, you please order the books yourself from a shop or library. If you have trouble finding a title, we may be able to lend you a copy – email to be put in touch with the organiser, letting us know where you live.

2. Read the books, then add your thoughts in the comments below.

3. Come to a meet-up in the US or UK to discuss what we have read. You can be sure of lively, well informed discussion.

To begin the discussion, we have commissioned a series of blog posts from guest contributors on our selected books. You can read James Young’s piece on Joca Reiners Terron’s Noite dentro da noite here.

Where and when

Reading Period:

July – September 2018


US Meeting(s): contact to be put in touch with our US group’s organiser Julia Sanches, if you’re interested in meeting up or a Skype discussion.

London Meeting: 5.30pm on Wednesday, 26th September. The Upstairs Room, Three Kings pub, 7 Clerkenwell Close, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0DY.

Other UK meeting(s): contact to be put in touch with our UK group’s organiser Rahul Bery, if you’re interested in meeting in other UK locations. (A South-West meet-up is already planned.)

Thanks to support from Arts Council England, we can subsidise travel to the UK meet-ups. Please get in touch via if that would help.

Elvira Vigna
Author: Elvira Vigna

Como se Estivéssemos em Palimpsesto de Putas (As if We Were in a Palimpsest of Whores)

Sombras de reis barbudos (Shadows of Bearded Kings)

Joca Reiners Terron

Noite dentro da noite (Night Within Night)

Lucrecia Zappi


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