After an eight-year hiatus, FAROL (ISSN 0873-7460), the quality educational and cultural magazine based at the Escola Secundária de Monserrate in Viana do Castelo, Portugal, is back with its issue No 16, ably edited as in the past by Agostinho Pereira. I have collaborated with FAROL in the past, and it is now my pleasure to do so again.
The new issue includes interesting material on the centenary of the Portuguese republic and the teaching of philosophy in schools, and, in particular (pp. 77-98) a section in homage to the late José Saramago.
The tributes to Saramago include new pieces by the recognised experts Ana Paula Arnaut (University of Coimbra), Adriana Alves de Paula Martins (Catholic University of Viseu) and Miriam Ringel (Israel).
Also included are the Portuguese-language versions of my own reviews of the master’s two final novels, A Viagem do Elefante (The Elephant’s Journey) and Caim (Cain) – pp. 79-80 and 81-82 respectively. These texts are also available on-line – in Portuguese:
and in English in entries on this blog (20 June 2009 and 9 January 2010 respectively).
It is a great honour for me to participate in this homage to the great Portuguese Nobel alongside such distinguished names, and I thank Agostinho for conceiving the project and giving me this very special opportunity!