LisbonAlnæs, Karsten: Lisboa. Dikternes, kunstnernes og fadoens by
Full title: Lisbon. City of Writers, Artists and the Fado
This is a delightful travel journal from Lisbon, where the author takes his readers to streets and places he is familiar with from numerous earlier visits. We are invited to accompany him on five strolls through the Portuguese capital and, finally, on a detour to places outside the city.
A city with a big heart, Lisbon boasts a wide range of distinctive, colourful and lively quarters, but also many places where one can pause and take stock, places steeped in history, art and poetry, where the wine flows free and one can hear Lisbon's own plaintive song, the fado.
Alnæs paints a diversified picture of Lisbon, whose soul is deeply entrenched in its hospitableness and friendliness, in its joy in its own existence, dilapidation, poverty, slums and human tragedies notwithstanding.
Praise for Lisbon:
"A real appetizer of a book, a laid-back, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide that seamlessly alternates between great and small on a stroll through this friendly labyrinth of a city"
( Dagbladet, Oslo)
First published: 2001, Aschehoug Non-Fiction
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