Journey to Portugal

Journey to Portugal (Viagem a Portugal in Portuguese) is a non-fiction book on Portugal by Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago. It was first published in 1981 by Círculo de Leitores e Editorial Caminho.[1]

First edition

Critical assessmentEdit

An English language translation was published in 2001. A review in Publishers Weekly praised the book, calling it a "monumental work, a literary hybrid that intermingles an intimate portrait of a nation with aspects of a novel, travel log and guide book."[2] Writing in The New York Times, Michael Pye was critical of the book, saying "As books of travel go, this one goes wrong from the start; it is downright solipsistic", and concluded that the book was better as a guide to Saramago rather than as a guide to Portugal.[3] The book was also reviewed in World Literature Today,[4] The Washington Post,[5] New Statesman,[6] and The Spectator.[7]


  1. ^ Rendeiro, Margarida (2010). The Literary Institution in Portugal Since the Thirties: An Analysis Under Special Consideration of the Publishing Market. Peter Lang. pp. 187, 192, 217, 227. ISBN 9783034300506.
  2. ^ "Journey to Portugal: In Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture". Publishers Weekly. March 1, 2001. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Pye, Michael (April 1, 2001). "A Walk in the Country: Two decades ago, José Saramago traveled Portugal in search of the past". The New York Times. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  4. ^ Monteiro, George (Winter 2002). "Review". World Literature Today. 76 (1): 234. doi:10.2307/40157243. JSTOR 40157243.
  5. ^ Davenport, Guy (25 March 2001). "Traveler in an Antique Land". The Washington Post. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  6. ^ Sheen, Harry (11 December 2000). "I saw the world end". New Statesman. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  7. ^ Carr, Raymond (10 February 2001). "Avoiding the company of kings". The Spectator. p. 42. Retrieved 22 July 2018.