ONCE UPON A TIME
THERE WAS A COUNTRY BORN WITH THE GIFT OF WRITING,
AN AUTHOR THAT WANTED TO TELL A STORY, A BOOK THAT WANTED TO BE READ,
A TOURIST THAT DID NOT SPEAK PORTUGUESE,
AND A BOOK SHOP THAT DID NOT KNOW HOW TO REMAIN IN THE SAME PLACE.
ALL OF THEM JOINED TOGETHER. AND WROTE


A NEW STORY.
ONCE UPON A TIME

THERE WAS A SMALL COUNTRY THAT SAILED THE SEVEN SEAS
IN ITS BRAVE MARITIME EXPLORATION. IN ITS CARAVELS, PORTUGAL TOOK CULTURE
AND ITS LANGUAGE AND BROUGHT STORIES.
WITH A FEATHER, A FOUNTAIN PEN OR A BALLPOINT, AT A
TYPEWRITER OR AT A COMPUTER,
PORTUGUESE AUTHORS
ANTÓNIO LOBO ANTUNES

António Lobo Antunes was born in Lisbon as the eldest of six sons of (1915). Prominent Neurologist and Professor, close collaborator of Egas Moniz, Nobel prize of physiology. (...) He graduated as a medical doctor, later specializing in psychiatry. During this time he never stopped writing. (...)
In 1979, Lobo Antunes published his first novel, Memória de Elefante (Elephant's Memory), in which he told the story of his separation. Due to the success of his first novel, Lobo Antunes decided to devote his evenings to writing. (...) His style is considered to be very dense, heavily influenced by William Faulkner and Louis-Ferdinand Céline, and his books are also very large in size.

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EÇA DE QUEIROZ

José Maria de Eça de Queiroz, the spelling during his lifetime, or Eça de Queirós, the modern standard portuguese spelling (Nov 25, 1845 – Aug 16, 1900) is generally considered to be the greatest Portuguese writer in the realist style. Zola considered him to be far greater than Flaubert. The London Observer critics rank him with Dickens, Balzac and Tolstoy.
Eça never officially rejected Catholicism, and in many of his private letters he even invokes Jesus and uses expressions typical of Catholics, but was very critical of the Catholic Church of his time, and of Christianity in general (also Protestant churches) as is evident in some of his novels.

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FERNANDO PESSOA

Fernando Pessoa, born Fernando António Nogueira de Seabra Pessoa (Jun 13, 1888 – Nov 30, 1935), was a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher, described as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese language. He also wrote in and translated from English and French. (...)
Translator Richard Zenith notes that Pessoa eventually established at least seventy-two heteronyms.[42] According to Pessoa himself, there were three main heteronyms: Alberto Caeiro, Álvaro de Campos and Ricardo Reis. The heteronyms possess distinct biographies, temperaments, philosophies, appearances and writing styles.

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GONÇALO M. TAVARES

Gonçalo Manuel Tavares is a Portuguese writer born in August, 1970 in Luanda, Angola. He published his first work in 2001 and since then has been awarded several important prizes. His books have been published in more than 30 countries and the book Jerusalem has been included in the European edition of 1001 books to read before you die - a guide of the most important novels of all times.

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JACINTO LUCAS PIRES

Jacinto Lucas Pires (born July 14, 1974) is a portuguese writer. He graduated as a lawyer from Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon, was a writer for the newspaper A Capital and published nine books, including novels, short stories and plays. His first book Azul Turquesa was published in 1998.
In November 2008 was awarded with the Prémio Europa - David Mourão-Ferreira, given by the Bari University and the Instituto Camões.

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JOSÉ CARDOSO PIRES

José Cardoso Pires (1925 – 1998) was a Portuguese author of short stories, novels, plays, and political satire. (...) Many of the memories Cardoso Pires recounts are interesting in regard of the themes of his writing and his style as a novelist. Although he was born in the provinces, Cardoso Pires was very much a man of Lisbon, the speech patterns and urban spaces of which can be felt in both his novels and short stories.
(...) After his short stint in the Portuguese Navy, Cardoso Pires started working as a journalist and devoted himself to writing. (...) Cardoso Pires's fiction has often been described as cinematic.

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JOSÉ LUIS PEIXOTO

José Luís Peixoto (born Sep 4, 1974) is a Portuguese writer who has written fiction, poetry, drama, lyrics and has participated in a wide number of projects involving writing. (...) He has published poetry and fiction and received the Prize Jovens Criadores (Young Creators) in the years of 1997, 1998 and 2000. In 2001, his novel Nenhum Olhar (Blank Gaze/The Implacable Order of Things) received the José Saramago Literary Award.

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JOSÉ SARAMAGO

José de Sousa Saramago (16 Nov 1922 – 18 Jun 2010) was a Portuguese writer. Awarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1998. His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor. (...)
More than two million copies of Saramago's books have been sold in Portugal alone and his work has been translated into 45 languages. (...) He was a founding member of the National Front for the Defense of Culture in Lisbon in 1992. A proponent of libertarian communism, Saramago came into conflict with groups such as the Catholic Church. He was an atheist who defended love as an instrument to improve the human condition.

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MIGUEL SOUSA TAVARES

Miguel Andresen de Sousa Tavares (born Jun 25, 1952) is a Portuguese lawyer, journalist and writer. The son of poet Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen and lawyer and politician Francisco Sousa Tavares. (...) His literary fiction debut Equador, based on the life of a Portuguese governor of São Tomé e Príncipe, was one of the best-selling books of 2003 in Portugal, with over 220,000 copies sold. He has also published some best-selling books for children.

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BOOKS
EQUATOR
MIGUEL TORGA

Miguel Torga, pseudonym of Adolfo Correia da Rocha (Aug 12, 1907 - Jan 17, 1995), is considered one of the greatest Portuguese writers of the 20th century. He wrote poetry, short stories, theater and a 16 volume diary. (...) The recognition of his work earned him several important awards, as the Montaigne Prize, in 1981, and the first ever Prémio Camões in 1989. He was several times nominated for the Nobel Prize of Literature, from 1960 to 1994. (...) Brazilian novelist Jorge Amado several times stated that Torga deserved that honour and the 1978 nomination had the support of Vicente Aleixandre, the winner of the previous year.

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SOPHIA DE MELLO BREYNER

Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (Nov 6, 1919 – Jul 2, 2004) was an award-winning Portuguese poet and writer. In 1999 she became the first woman to receive the highest Portuguese award for poetry, the Prémio Camões. She was also awarded the Spanish Premio Reina Sofia in 2003.
"Poetry," she explained, "is my understanding of the universe, my way of relating to things, my participation in reality, my encounter with voices and images. (...) The sea is probably the most central theme in her poetical works. Other recurring themes are Ancient Greece and ideas of freedom and justice.

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HAVE CENTURIES OF WRITTEN PAGES
THAT WANT TO BE TOLD.
FROM EPICS ABOUT DISCOVERIES, FROM ROMANTICISM
TO SURREALISM, FROM PROSE TO POETRY,
FROM A NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
TO THE UPCOMING TALENT, PORTUGAL WRITES
BOOKS
THE LAND AT THE END
OF THE WORLD




The Land at the End of the World is António Lobo Antunes' second book first published in 1979. Portrays the personal experience of Lobo Antunes as medical campaign sent to Angola in the Portuguese Colonial War. Throughout the book, the reader assumes the dimension of "interlocutor" of the main character, and finds an Angola degraded by the colonial war, this "unbelievable absurdity of war." Much more than an opinion, the author's description is an explosion of a tough experience, focusing on several points: the countless casualties of war (ignored by the state), the innocent life (the poor children of Angola and miserable conditions in which they lived), the distance from home, loss of family ties, fear of death, but above all the eternal misunderstanding of this war.

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RETURN OF THE CARAVELS




The Return of the Caravels unfolds in Lisbon as Portugal's African colonies gain their independence in the mid-1970's. As if a modern response to Camões epic The Lusiads, Antunes imagines the return of Heroes of the glorious explorations period to a now defuct and crumbling empire and society.
Time is deconstructed like if Lisbon was an immutable witness to 400 hundred years of history now mixed in this present modern world. Another in depth look by Antunes on the marks left by the conquest era and its post colonial epilogue.

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TO THE CAPITAL




Capital's main character Arthur is the son of a clerk. Arthur is described as a young and somewhat sensitive person. After the provincial stage, Arthur spends studying in Coimbra where he discovers the bohemian life. With the death of her parents, he is forced to sell their real estate to continue his studies. Without resources, will live in the home of the paternal aunts and works as a pharmacist. Tired of provincial life, he goes to Lisbon, where he tries a literary career, after inheriting a small fortune from his godfather, who he does not quite know. The adventure, however, it is frustrating, because it forces him to return to Oliveira de Azeméis, resuming the work of apothecary.

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MAIAS




"The Maias: Episodes of Romantic Life", Maia being the name of a fictional family (...) is a naturalist novel by Portuguese author José Maria de Eça de Queiroz. (...) The book largely concerns the life of young aristocrat Carlos da Maia in 1870's Portugal, where along with his friend João da Ega he spends his time making witticisms about society and having affairs. The novel uses the Monarchy's decline in Portugal (late 19th century), as a predominant theme, reflecting its author's own regret at his country's slow decay.

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THE BOOK OF DISQUIET




The Book of Disquiet published posthumously is a work by Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935) signed under the semi-heteronym Bernardo Soares. With a preface by Fernando Pessoa, orthonym, the book is a fragmentary lifetime project, left unedited by the author, who introduced it as a "factless autobiography".
Still studied by the pessoan critics, who have different interpretations about the way the book should be organized, it was first published in Portuguese in 1982, 47 years after Pessoa's death (the author died at 47, in 1935).

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THE PIANO CEMETERY




The narrators - father and son – in different times, sometimes overlapping, uncover their family history. They speak of death, not to indicate the end, but the renewal, the link between generations: father - relationship between two Franciscos, equal in name and destination.
The work portrays a family of Benfica (Lisbon) and addresses death as not only the end but also the continuity through the legacy alive. Death as irremediable destiny of new life and the afterlife. A cycle that repeats continuously. Both the dark side and light of this family take place in a workshop called the cemetery that houses "dead" pianos whose pieces will give life to new pianos.

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BALTASAR AND BLIMUNDA




Baltasar and Blimunda, a novel by the Portuguese author José Saramago, is a love story set in the 18th century with the construction of the Convent of Mafra, now one of Portugal's chief tourist attractions, as a background. Two young lovers interact naturally with historical characters including the composer and harpsichordist Domenico Scarlatti and the priest Bartolomeu de Gusmão, recognized today as an aviation pioneer, all in the shadow of the Inquisition. The lovers are always at center stage wrapped in Saramago's language, which ranges from short simple sentences to surrealistic, unpunctuated paragraphs that help to intensify both the action and the setting.

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THE YEAR OF THE DEATH OF RICARDO REIS




The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis is a novel by Portuguese novelist José Saramago, the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in literature. It tells the story of the final year in the life of the title character, Ricardo Reis, one of the many heteronyms used by the Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa.| In the novel, Ricardo Reis returns to Lisbon from Brazil, upon receiving word of Pessoa's death. While there, he chooses not to resume his practice of medicine, but rather takes up residence in a hotel where he wastes his days reading newspapers and wandering the streets of Lisbon. The novel was translated into English in 1993 and won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.[1]

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EQUATOR




This is the first novel of Miguel Sousa Tavares and a bestseller.
When, in December 1905, Luís Bernardo is called by King D. Carlos I he did not imagined what the future would hold him. He didn't know that would change his carefree life in cosmopolitan Lisbon society for a risky and patriotic mission to the distant island of St. Tomé. He did not expect the governorship and the defense of farm workers' dignity would cast a web of conflicts of interest with the city and above all did not count that to find love would change his life.

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NEW TALES OF THE MOUNTAIN

AUTHOR: MIGUEL TORGA



New Tales of the Mountain is a book of 22 short stories written by Miguel Torga inspired in the mountains of north Portugal, the writer's roots.
These narrative texts, talk about stories that took happened in a space and with people that shape the memory of the author's childhood and adolescence. This space, defined by the author as "wonderful world", populated by an materially poor but ethically rich existence, was both his birthplace and his school, committing this on behalf of the "collective consciousness" of the reader while socially responsible entity, to report that everyday of hunger, ignorance and despair.

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THE FAIRY ORIANE




The main character is a fairy who was given the responsibility of ensuring the well-being of a forest and its inhabitants, animals and plants. After a while, Oriana befriends a nefarious fish and, while contemplating her image reflected in the river, Oriana is mesmerized by the fish. Deceived by the words of this fish, Oriana ends up neglecting and abandoning the forest, with serious consequences for its denizens. Deprived of her powers as punishment for this failure, Oriana begins a journey of self-consciousness to repair the evils caused by her omission.

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THE SEA GIRL




There is a country that is land and a country that is the sea. A young boy falls in love with a girl. He comes from the earth, she from the sea. What is the land? What is the sea? Each explains the universe to the other. But how will they do to come together?

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TRANSLATED LITERARY PIECES ANYWHERE.
AND, BECAUSE WE ARE JUST LIKE ANY STORY,
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IN OUR SHOP WITH WHEELS, THE
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SOMETIMES WE ARE AROUND THE CORNER,
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OUR PASSION FOR BOOKS AND LETTERS DOES NOT END HERE.
INSPIRED BY THESE AUTHORS' CALLIGRAPHY, WE CREATED A
TYPOGRAPHY THAT WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO WRITE LIKE THEM:
THE WRITERS' FONT.
WRITERS' FONT

Tell a Story is passionate about books and books are made of letters. Only by putting all the letters together can an author tell his story and we love stories. But every writer has its own and unique way of doing it.

So we created a typography based on these portuguese authors' calligraphy to inspire you to write like them. Either to write a novel or a Nobel, a note to yourself or the diary of this journey.



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From A to Z you'll find the characters of Pessoa, Saramago or José Luís Peixoto all combined together in one new handwriting font: The Writers' Font.

A vowel may have the mild stroke of one author, a consonant might show the strong personality of another, but they are all genuine and pour geniality.



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