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There's No Word for «Saudade»

Perspectives on the Literature and Culture of Portuguese America


George Monteiro

There’s No Word for Saudade contains twenty-one essays aimed at a readership interested in cultural and historical materials, including those related to Portuguese America. Significant figures covered include John Dos Passos, Charles Reis Felix, Julian Silva, John Philip Sousa, Mark Twain, Herman Melville, James Merrill, and the Azorean John Francis, businessman, patron, and friend to the fabled Provincetown Players. Concluding essays scrutinize and judge the phenomenon of the Portuguese movie in the 1930s and 1940s, and trace the history of the tricky but persistently present Portuguese concept of saudade.
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Chapter 21. The Shiftless Azoreans


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Muitos estrangeiros, ao conhecerem um português de pele clara ou cabelo alourado, têm esta observação: “Mas V. não parece português!” Que português é esse de que eles têm na retina a imagem feita, preconcebida? Não ser dark ou noir, moreno ou trigueiro, e não corresponder ao nariz-de-cera.

—José Rodrigues Migúeis (“Ha sempre um bei em Tunes” (1947)

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