À Janela – fado and poems (bilingual)

This coffee table book celebrates Portuguese singers, from Mariza to Dulce Pontes, and contains a series of portrait paintings by Maria Miranda Lawrence accompanied by a selection of bilingual poetry which includes two excerpts from a poem: relinquishing the light by paulo da costa.

This book is a gem with over fifty inspirational paintings and poems. Twelve talented singers are featured in paintings “À Janela” – the Portuguese phrase for – at or by the window.These singers represent Portuguese music from rural folk to urban Fado.The association with the window is used as a metaphor to express the various moods and contrasts of life. There are many references to the sea and the Portuguese word “Saudades” (a feeling of intense longing like missing someone or a place).

Poetry by leading Portuguese poets or songwriters are included in both Portuguese and English. Each image has a corresponding poem or lyric. “À Janela – The Poetic Soul” is a celebration of the collective creative spirit and serves as a tribute to the Poetic Soul in all of us.

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