Conjurer and Other Azorean Tales
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth
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...“noThing is imPossiBle,” Valdemar CouTinho exPlained To his grandson. “With hope, an open mind, and imagination, we can find a way to recapture some of the life that has passed by, forgotten shards of memory, Jorge listened to his grandfather’s words, intrigued by the fierce determina-tion that led the old man in his ceaseless attempts to unlock the mysteries ...
The Last Troubadour of Lusitania
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There is a legend, now losT To The exTreme ViCissiTudes oF Time, that long ago in the area between the Azores and the continent of Portugal lay the most fertile and beautiful of lands. This was long before Portugal was yet a country, when the Lusitanians, a mysterious Celtic tribe, then Some say an enormous island lay just offshore, Atlantis, if you will. Others ...
Dona Leonor’s Dress
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Diogo de Teive as if caught by a sudden covetous wind. Marveling at the playfulness of the dress, the way it fluttered and rippled ceaselessly, I fol-I tried to drink in its colors, though none were pure or remained fixed. Instead, they changed and shifted continuously, as if liquid. It was as if each strand sought to combine with others and become not just another ...
Alfredo’s Timeless Death
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...and for so long that everyone living in the village of Quebrado do Caminho became swept up in the excitement and expectation that grew with each passing day, week, and month. After some time, people forgot exactly what he was dying of, but that only added to the impressive weight and magnitude of his death, until nothing else mattered. It was as if time had stopped and ...
Maria Almeida’s Miraculous Fate
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The TruTh, or raTher The enTire TruTh, iT is saFe To say.smcp, will never be known — at least not with any certainty. Some say that the day Maria Leonor Almeida washed up on the sands of Quebrado do Caminho was the day the devil rose from his foul depths to plague the village. Others insist it was no less than a miracle, that God and a host of saints were involved. ...
The Witches and the Fisherman
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...in The small Fishing Village oF PoVoaccedilla.smcpatilde.smcpo, on The island oF satilde.smcpo Miguel, no one had to ask who was the best fisherman. Miguel Luís Reis always brought in the largest catch and, according to Domingos Braga, who supplied most of the fishermen with drink, it was all because of the witches. “He is charmed,” Domingos Braga would tell you. “Ever since the night the ...
The Thief of Santa Inês
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...in The Tiny.smcp azorean Village oF sanTa inecircumflex.smcps, on The island oF PiCo, no one could remember when anyone had ever been accused of stealing more than a chicken or a knife. Nor did anyone remember when the cell in the city hall had ever been inhabited, other than by an occasional drunk. However, Sonia de Melo was a thief who stole from everyone, and worse yet, stole ...
The Newest Star
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...mario sTared, enTranCed, while BeFore his Very.smcp ey.smcpes joana Medroso made her way down the hill, floating several inches off the ground. She looked no different from the other girls her own age, but Mario knew Why, after all, did she have to admonish the birds and butterflies not to follow her, whenever she walked to town? When they were younger Joana ...
The Secret Place
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...walked stiffly to the bus, struggling to hide the pain that made him move with such difficulty. He carried a bag filled with a change of clothing and He sniffed the air appreciatively as he walked away from the boat. Emilio stepped onto the waiting bus. He nodded at the driver and sat down, then took out his handkerchief and wiped the sweat from his forehead. He ...
The Blind Man of Praia Negra
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...a furious sea with seven thousand white flashing teeth, in a frenzy, against the background of a black, hungry night. The teeth shattered and fell help-lessly upon the black rocks of the islands and the sleek black sea. The looming shadow of Pico rose darker than the dark of the night, as if threatening to consume all, and the moon glowered blood-red in a sky that extinguished ...
A Night on the Town
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...to practice his unrivaled brew of bad habits. He was even more than usually morose, for the realization that he had not reached paradise came as a huge disappointment. Instead, he remained in the village of Santa Luzia, on the island of Pico, where he had lived the entire fifty-eight years of his life. Not only had his surroundings not changed, now that his life was over, but he ...
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The woman saT in her Bed, ProPPed uP By.smcp huge heaPs oF heaVy.smcp pillows. Blankets lay scattered every which way. She looked, to her husband, “I have no idea what you are talking about,” the woman said, as she re-The husband threw his hands up in disgust and turned away. He had developed a method of refusing to see what he did not wish to see. His wife, ...
The Lost Voice
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...voice. He always took it for granted, unless he strained it, or became sick and found it faltering. But he never thought he might lose it the way someone Until that very day, when Celestino’s voice chose to abandon him, he had never given it a second thought. He assumed he’d come down with a sud-den illness that would pass in a day or two. After several failed attempts to ...
Constança’s War with the Elements
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...as The FirsT Tremors shooK The earTh, ConsTanccedilla.smcpa morais oPened her eyes and rose from her bed for the first time in seven years. She scurried to the back door and called to her children, though her voice sounded like the rasp of an old gate that had rusted shut. It was soon discovered that the tremor had opened a vent in the ground out in the fields. Steam and smoke ...
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...with the morning mail and brought it into the house. The mailman made some comment, but Fernando’s English was not good, and he was too excited and impatient to try to decipher what the man had said. “Yes, yes,” Fernando said, waving the man away and closing the door quickly behind him. He carried the box into the kitchen as if it were a precious treasure and ...
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The old woman sCurried aCross The sand, BaCK and ForTh. eVery.smcp now and then she would stop, bend down, and poke a stick at something in the sand. Occasionally, she picked up something of interest. Some children passed by on the road and shouted at her. They were too far away for her to make out what was said, but she had heard it all before: “What are you ...
The Saint of Quebrado do Caminho
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...with prolonged embarrassment, at a complete loss to explain how, now that their lovemaking was over, he couldn’t uncouple himself. Though he The woman, her eyes growing wide with fear and incomprehension, began trying to push him away. Constantino tried to rise, straining and inhaling the stale breath of the woman, the odor of garlic and onions lingering, as she ...
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...misForTune Followed gasPar henriq.smcpues relenTlessly.smcp, no There was something that kept people from looking into Gaspar’s eyes, an uneasiness they felt, which made them turn away. He was a composite of artificial limbs and missing pieces, of replacements and scars. He drew misfortune from the most unlikely places. After losing an eye in a fight while ...
Other Works in the Series
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Page Count: 176
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Portuguese in the Americas Series