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Eyewitness Guide Lisbon

Eyewitness Guide Lisbon

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A compact illustrated guide to the city featuring excellent neighborhood maps and hundreds of color photographs. It also includes chapters on the surrounding areas and Lisbon's coast. (PGL04, $20.00)

Lonely Planet Portuguese Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Portuguese Phrasebook

by Clara De MacEdo Vitorino

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A handy pocket phrasebook for Portuguese basics, covering pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (PGL34, $8.99)

A Traveller's History of Portugal

A Traveller's History of Portugal

by Ian Robertson

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A lively, admirably concise survey from prehistory to the present, great for travelers to Portugal who would like an overview of the country's history and culture. (PGL32, $14.95)

Lisbon Map

Lisbon Map

by Streetwise Maps

  • MAP

A handy folded, laminated street map of Lisbon in full color at a scale of 1:8,000. (PGL54, $7.95)

 
Culture Smart! Portugal

Culture Smart! Portugal


by Sandy Guedes de Queiroz

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (PGL53, $9.95)

South Wind Through the Kitchen, The Best of Elizabeth David

South Wind Through the Kitchen, The Best of Elizabeth David


by Elizabeth David

  • FOOD
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 400 PAGES

A selection of 200 recipes and travel essays from Elizabeth David's nine influential books, including Book of Mediterranean Food and French Country Cooking. (MED30, $29.95)

The Food of Portugal

The Food of Portugal


by Jean Anderson

  • FOOD
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

An award-winning cookbook featuring the cuisine of Portugal and background on Portuguese culture. Sure to please the palates of tourists interested in Portuguese food and of emigrants in search of that authentic taste of home. (PGL10, $19.99)

A Concise History of Portugal

A Concise History of Portugal


by David Birmingham

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A straightforward and informative account of Portugal from prehistory to its zenith as a seafaring power and current day realities. (PGL01, $26.99)

Cork Boat, A True Story of the Unlikeliest Boat Ever Built

Cork Boat, A True Story of the Unlikeliest Boat Ever Built


by John Pollack

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 291 PAGES

This endearing tale of family, loss and friendship revolves around a deliciously absurd childhood quest to build a boat of cork and sail it 133 miles on Portugal's Douro River. (PGL42, $14.95)

Journey to Portugal, In Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture

Journey to Portugal, In Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture


by Jose Saramago

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Jose Saramago's richly detailed account of his journey across Portugal in 1979. He combines his vivid impressions of the Portuguese landscape and people with a dose of history, fiction and meditation. (PGL23, $17.00)

Prince Henry

Prince Henry "The Navigator," A Life


by Peter E. Russell

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A complicated yet rewarding portrait, and the first biography of this empire-minded Portuguese prince in more than a hundred years. (PGL25, $27.50)

A Small Death in Lisbon

A Small Death in Lisbon


by Robert Wilson

  • MYSTERY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

Set in Lisbon in 1941 and 1999, this award-winning mystery intertwines a present day murder, some unsavory arms production, and smuggling in Nazi Germany. Be warned, there are some graphic passages dealing with the horrors of war and concentration camps. (PGL22, $7.99)

Baltasar and Blimunda

Baltasar and Blimunda


by Jose Saramago

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 343 PAGES

This tale of two unlikely lovers in Inquisition-era Portugal is arguably Saramago's masterwork: a philosophically charged, intellectually rigorous historical drama which is also a captivating read. (PGL26, $15.00)

Requiem: A Hallucination

Requiem: A Hallucination


by Antonio Tabucchi | Margaret Jull Costa

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 110 PAGES

Tabucchi's fever-dream tour of a vanishing Lisbon. The narrator, an "adopted Portuguese," returns after many years and visits cemeteries, brothels and gentlemen's clubs, in an ambiguous search for the ghosts of his past. (PGL09, $14.95)

Requiem: A Hallucination

Requiem: A Hallucination


by Antonio Tabucchi | Margaret Jull Costa

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 110 PAGES

Tabucchi's fever-dream tour of a vanishing Lisbon. The narrator, an "adopted Portuguese," returns after many years and visits cemeteries, brothels and gentlemen's clubs, in an ambiguous search for the ghosts of his past. (PGL09, $14.95)

The History of the Siege of Lisbon

The History of the Siege of Lisbon


by Jose Saramago | Giovanni Pontiero

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 314 PAGES

In this historical novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author, the past is rewritten when a Portuguese proofreader adds a false word to a history book, resulting in a whole new perception of the Siege of Lisbon. (PGL11, $14.00)

The Lusiads


by Luis De Camoes

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 258 PAGES

A 16th-century account of Vasco De Gama's voyage to India modeled after Virgil's "Aeneid." (PGL12, $12.95)

The Maias

The Maias


by Jose Eca de Queiros

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 633 PAGES

This sprawling family epic is worthy of comparison to the greatest accomplishments of Proust and Tolstoy. It's the atmospheric story of the decline of an affluent 19th-century Lisbon family. (PGL07, $25.95)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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