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 - 2014

Publication of The Eternal Son by Cristovão Tezza

The Eternal Son
The Eternal Son by the Brazilian writer
Cristovão Tezza.

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, in partnership with the University Press of New England (UPNE), announces the publication of The Eternal Son by the Brazilian writer Cristovão Tezza. This autobiographical novel, translated from the Portuguese by Alison Entrekin, was shortlisted for the 2012 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was chosen by the Financial Times as one of the Best Books of 2013.

In this autobiographical novel, Tezza draws readers into the mind of a young father whose son, Felipe, is born with Down syndrome. From the initial shock of diagnosis, and through his growing understanding of the world of hospitals and therapies, Tezza threads the story of his son’s life with his own. Felipe, who lives in an eternal present, becomes a remarkable young man; for Tezza, however, the story is a settling of accounts with himself and his own limitations and ultimately a coming to terms with the sublime ironies and arbitrariness of life. He struggles with the phantom of shame, as if his son’s condition were an indication of his own worth, and yearns for a “normal” world that is always out of reach.

Praise for The Eternal Son:

“In his autobiographical novel, Brazilian author Tezza applies unflinching honesty and a writer’s inquisitiveness to the story of his gradual acceptance of his own son … A remarkable tale of a father finding humility.” — Sun Herald

“A work of … searing humanity.” — Financial Time

“Felipe grows and so, we see, does his father … The reader, once challenged and repulsed, becomes sympathetic, feels privileged. This is, in the end, a deeply moving portrait of a father truly loving the son he has.” — Sunday Express.

CRISTOVÃO TEZZA has published thirteen novels, including O Filho Eterno (The Eternal Son), which won every major literary prize in Brazil in 2008 and was shortlisted for the 2012 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
has translated a number of works by Brazilian authors, including City of God by Paulo Lins, Budapest by Chico Buarque, and Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector.

The Eternal Son is published in the Brazilian Literature in Translation series edited by João Cezar de Castro Rocha. The Eternal Son was first published in English by Scribe Publications, Australia. Tagus Press is the publishing arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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 by clicking here.