This handsome volume presents the
poet Al Bertos imaginary gallery. Paintingsfrom Giotto, Fra Angelico
and Zurbarán to Kandinsky, Klee and Beuys, together with fourteen contemporary
Portuguese artistsmirror each of the twenty-six poems : twenty-six facets
of artistic creation seized in its tragic humanity.
AL BERTO, born 11 January 1948 in
Coimbra, spent his childhood and adolescence in Sines, in the south of Portugal.
He studied painting in Lisbon and during the colonial war went into exile
in Brussels, where he studied at the École Nationale dArchitecture
et des Arts Visuels. He abandoned painting in 1971 to concentrate on his writing.
His collected poems, published under the the title O Medo (Contexto
: Lisbon 1987), received the Portuguese Pen-club Poetry Prize. A Segreda
Vida das Imagens (the secret life of images) was published in Lisbon in
1991 and has since been translated into French and Spanish.
Al Berto died of cancer in Lisbon
in June 1997.
Richard Zimler is a translator and a novelist.
publication supported by Instituto Portugês do livro e das bibliotecas; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; Instituto Camões.
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the secret life of images
|translator||richard zimler (from the Portuguese)|
|format||royal 8vo, 235x156mm|
|illustrations||24 colour + 2 b+w reproductions|
|binding||sewn|paperback with french|flaps|