Domingos Freitas do Amaral was born in 1967 in Lisbon and studied Economics before taking a Masters in International Relations at Co-lumbia University in New York. Since then, he has been working as a journalist, writing for the O Independente weekly and Diário de Notícias daily newspapers, as well as for a number of magazines and broadcasters. He directed Maxmen magazine and is currently direc-tor for the Portuguese edition of GQ magazine. He also writes for the Diário Económico newspaper and Record newspaper.
Casa das Letras has published his fourth novel, While Salazar Was Sleeping (“Enquanto Salazar dormia”) to considerable success, now already in its fifth edition and on Portugal’s bestseller lists.
After years of research into
the period of the Second World War in
An atmosphere of adventure reigns under the Salazar regime as this officially neutral country on the edge of the Second World War becomes a place of safety for thousands of refugees. For many, it is their last hope to escape the Hitler regime into exile.
In 1941, shortly before the
Japanese attack on
No-One Dies of Love Anymore (“Já ninguém morre
opens with the protagonist, Salvador Palma Lobo, the last remaining member of
the Palma Lobo clan, a landowning family from Portugal's Alentejo, who is dying
of love, according to the narrator of this story, Salvador's best friend. A few
months beforehand the narrator had received a request from
The four characters have certain traits in common: they are womanisers, eccentrics, excessive, all afflicted with madness and tortured by the passions of love. The fictitious burial of a wife totally in love with another man, one of the protagonists who dies of a heart attack whilst fornicating with a peasant woman, the foundation of a dynasty that begins with an illegitimate son and countless tales of love and rejection take us through most of the Portuguese-speaking countries: Angola, Mozambique, Brazil, urban Portugal (Lisbon) and rural (Alentejo) which provide the backdrop for the family's adventures. The narrator's conclusion is clear cut, that possibly these days nobody dies of love, but the Palma Lobo family lived and died for it.
An extraordinarily well-structured and coherent romance that progresses in an orderly manner with compelling delicacy.
Original editions and rights sold:
Love at First Sight (“Amor a primeira vista”)
Lisbon: Casa das Letras 1998, 248 p.
The Sushi Fanatic (“O fanático do sushi”)
Lisbon: Casa das Letras 2000, 1195 p.
The Knights of São João Baptista (“Os cavaleiros de São João Baptista”)
Lisbon: Casa das Letras 2004, 375 p.
While Salazar Was Sleeping (“Enquanto Salazar dormia”)
Lisbon: Casa das Letras 2006, 467 p.
Brazil: Nova Fronteira 2007 ● Poland: Swiat (Bertelsmann Media) 2009
No-One Dies of Love Anymore (“Já ninguem morre de amor”)
Lisbon: Casa das Letras 2008, 236 p.
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