Eugénio de Andrade

Eugénio de Andrade

Eugénio de Andrade (1923-2005) was born in a small Portuguese village. He has received every Portuguese literary prize including their most prestigious Camoës Prize (2000). He is the author of twenty-nine volumes of poetry (as well as numerous children’s books), collections of prose writings, and translations in Portuguese of Sappho, Lorca, and Yannis Ritsos. He passed away in 2005.

Forbidden Words

Poetry by Eugénio de Andrade

Translated by Alexis Levitin

Eugénio de Andrade, Portugal’s best-known living poet, is the author of twenty-nine volumes of poetry as well as numerous children’s books, collections of prose writings, and translations into Poruguese of Sappho, Federico García Lorca, and Yannis Ritsos. Forbidden Words: Selected Poetry of Eugénio de Andrade, is based on the poet’s own retrospective Antologia Breve (“Brief Anthology”) of 1998, expanded and edited for English-speaking readers by his longtime translator, Alexis Levitin. Marguerite Yourcenar spoke of “the well-tempered clavier” of Andrade’s poems, Gregory Rabassa of his “succinct lyricism… summing things up in a moment, much like haiku.…
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