The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

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The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announces most recent book in the Portuguese in the Americas Series

The Undiscovered IslandJuly 15, 2009 – Dartmouth, MA The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announces the publication of The Undiscovered Island, a novel by Darrell Kastin. This family novel is set in the Azores, to where Julia Castro, a second generation Portuguese-American, goes in search of her immigrant father who has mysteriously disappeared after moving back to his ancestral home. There Julia finds the mid-Atlantic islands abuzz with tales of ghost ships, seductive sirens and witchcraft. The mystery deepens when a drowned man’s body is discovered halfway up a mountainside and an unknown island emerges from the sea. As she pursues the search for her father, Julia gradually succumbs to the bewitching allure of the Azores—and to Nicolau, a fellow musician—eventually discovering a place where dreams lie just beyond the horizon, shrouded in mist. History, legend, poetry and myth are seamlessly interwoven as the novel explores relationships between personal and cultural identity, fate and self-determination, reality and illusion. The Undiscovered Island is a lyrical evocation of a locale and a people, rendered with wonderful respect for Azorean tradition.

Praise for The Undiscovered Island

//Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club, avers that The Undiscovered Island is “a story of mystery and magic—magical appearances and mysterious disappearances, mysterious women and magical islands—beautifully and lyrically told.” Gregory Rabassa, the great translator of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, states the following: “After Ulysses founded Lisbon as legend has it, he sailed off into forbidden waters and landed on the isle that held the fountain of Purgatory as Dante had it. Might this have been the Azores?
The Undiscovered Island could confirm the fact, as all of Portuguese history, so legendary as it is, comes to a kind of culmination on these isles. Time is of no avail as its end and passage convene in this novel in what is a romp of detective story, epic, and family quest. What a great read!”

Darrell Kastin was born in Los Angeles, California. His maternal ancestors came from the Azores, settling in the United States at the end of World War II. He has spent considerable time on the islands over the years, using them as a setting for many of his short stories, which have appeared in The Seattle Review, The Crescent Review, The Blue Mesa Review and elsewhere. He is currently setting the poetry of Luís de Camões, Fernando Pessoa, and Florbela Espanca to music.

The Undiscovered Island, which was sponsored in part by the Government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores (Carlos Cesar, President), is the twelfth volume of the Portuguese in the Americas Series published by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. The Series documents the variety and complexity of the Portuguese-American experience by publishing books in the social sciences, history and literature.
For more information visit: http://www.portstudies.umassd.edu/pas/index.htm.

The books in the Series, which are distributed by Small Press Distribution of Berkeley, California, are available for purchase at Amazon.com, Baker Books in Dartmouth, and the UMass Dartmouth Campus Store.

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