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.

Events - 2013

Publication of Sea of Death by Jorge Amado

Sea of Death by Jorge Amado
Sea of Death by Jorge Amado

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, in partnership with the University Press of New England (UPNE), announces the publication of Sea of Death by Jorge Amado, translated by Gregory Rabassa. Sea of Death describes the sea’s unconquerable mysteries and the robust yearnings of seafaring men – a world of storms and smugglers, of reckless passion and star-crossed love.

Written in 1936, when Amado was twenty-four years old, Sea of Death tells the dockside tales of Bahia. Sailors and their wives, steeped in the rich mythology surrounding the goddess Iemanjá, form the central themes of this novel, a lyrical and tragic portrayal of the workers’ daily struggle for survival. Sea of Death narrates the story of Guma and Lívia, lovers whose triumphs and tribulations mirror the dark imperatives of the world around them.

“Gregory Rabassa’s translation elevates Sea of Death to a mythopoetic adventure. A charismatic storyteller. . . . No other Latin American writer is more genuinely admired by his peers, nor has any other exerted so great a creative influence on the course of Latin American fiction.”
The New York Times Book Review

“One of the greatest writers . . . also one of the most entertaining.”
– Mario Vargas Llosa

“Jorge Amado [was] the voice, the feeling, and the joy of Brazil.”
– José Saramago

Jorge Amado (1912 – 2001), son of a cacao planter, shaped the image of Brazil in the twentieth century. Hailed by the New York Times as “Brazil’s best-loved writer,” Amado is the author of Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon and Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands. His novels have been translated into nearly 50 languages. Gregory Rabassa is the preeminent translator from the Spanish and Portuguese.

Sea of Death is the second volume of the Brazilian Literature in Translation series published by Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, the publishing arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. The publication of Sea of Death was sponsored in part by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture/National Library Foundation.

For more information please contact Mario Pereira, Managing Editor of Tagus Press at 508-999-8255 or To purchase the volume, please visit the UPNE website