Adamastor Book Series
Adamastor Book Series, named for the mythological character invented by Camões in the Renaissance epic The Lusiads, is dedicated to publishing both translations of important works from the Portuguese language and essays on Lusophone literatures and cultures.
Exemplary Tales
University of Massachusetts Press
Exemplary Tales
Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen
Translated by Alexis Levitin
Introduction by Cláudia Pazos-Alonso

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth

2015 . 128 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Short Stories - Single Author / Caribbean & Latin Amer. Literary Collections

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-933227-66-5


A collection endowed with universal appeal, where allegorical tales about right and wrong, despair and redemption, are interlaced with troubling encounters and personal epiphanies 

Published in 1962, this short story collection foreshadows two other iconic 1960s works—by the Mozambican Honwana and the Angolan Vieira—in the way it invites its readers to consider a range of ethical issues at a watershed moment during the Salazar dictatorship in Portugal. It alternates between allegorical pieces, endowed with a fable-like quality, such as a modern reworking of the Three Kings biblical story, and more immediate first-person tales focusing on the formative experiences of an autobiographical narrator. Sophia, widely acknowledged as one of Portugal’s greatest poets, perhaps second only to Pessoa, uses an accessible yet beautifully lyrical language to propose that poetry, love, and holiness are not lofty ideals: they are within reach of everyone, in the fight against social injustice and complicit behavior.

The Collection