Saudade: The Possibilities of Place
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Saudade: The Possibilities of Place

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The Portuguese word "saudade" has no direct English translation. In its simplest sense, it describes a feeling of longing for something that is now gone, and may yet return, but in all likelihood can never be recaptured. In "Saudade: The Possibilities of Place," traveller Anik See traces her attempts to reclaim this loss in a series of informal essays that take us from the...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 14th 2004 by Coach House
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Ryan Murdock
In the words of the author, the untranslatable Portuguese notion of saudade represents “the feeling of yearning for something impossible to regain because it never quite existed.” It’s a sense of longing rather than a variety of homesickness or wistfulness. That vague, not-unpleasant feeling pervades each essay in this thought provoking collection.

The book is a psychogeographical exploration of human nature tinged with faith, death, renewal, and the perceived distance between privilege and want,...more
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The strength of Saudade--as I see it--is how invited, how welcome it's possible to feel in these borrowed memories. It's an ambitious though uneven book (almost jarringly so in places), but the good parts are really good. Yes, really, truly good.

It's a portal--does that make sense?
Koula
Beautiful to look at... lovely stories - good read. Made me think and then think some more.
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