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Saudade: The Possibilities of Place

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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, 200 pages
Published October 14th 2004 by Coach House Books
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Ryan Murdock
Jan 10, 2013 Ryan Murdock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Rj
Jan 29, 2015 Rj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Normally I order most of my books online after reading a review about them (usually in The New York Review of Books) or if I encounter the author somewhere in cyberspace or even more rarely if recommended by a friend. I only resort to the new acquisition shelf when I have little else to read and it is lovely to be pleasantly surprised by a discovery like Anik See. The book is a lovely collection of short travel pieces inspired by her own travels and I found myself absorbed in her beautiful, but ...more
amy
Feb 17, 2010 amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 09, 2013 Koula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful to look at... lovely stories - good read. Made me think and then think some more.
Loved it!
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