We are pleased to announce that Indent Literary Agency will be representing all translation rights for Companhia das Letras Portugal.
Companhia das Letras Portugal is an imprint dedicated to Portuguese-language literature and literary non-fiction, property of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial Portugal. Created in 2015 in partnership with Brazilian publishing veteran Companhia das Letras, its Portuguese catalogue includes authors like Afonso Cruz, Alexandra Lucas Coelho, Isabel Lucas João Tordo, Possidónio Cachapa and Ricardo Adolfo, with many new authors promised for the upcoming years. In its catalogue, Brazilian literature is represented by some of the most important contemporary Brazilian authors - Chico Buarque, Fernanda Torres, Julian Fuks, Milton Hatoum, Raduan Nassar, Reinaldo Moraes, Sérgio Rodrigues – alongside contemporary classics such as Vinicius de Moraes and Carlos Drummond de Andrade.
Prémio Camões, Prémio Literário José Saramago, Prémio Jabuti, Prémio Portugal Telecom de Literatura, Prémio APE (Portuguese Writers Association), Prémio Fernando Namora, Prémio Autores SPA, Prémio Camilo Castelo Branco, European Union Literature Prize are just a few of the numerous prizes received by our authors.
Among the authors of which Companhia das Letras Portugal holds translation rights, are Alexandra Lucas Coelho, Isabel Lucas and Possidónio Cachapa.
The first title we will be representing on behalf of Companhia das Letras Portugal is
JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE AMERICAN DREAM: AMERICA BY THE BOOK
NOVEL | June 2017 | 384 pages
"This is a piece of great literature which deserves to be widely read and receive prizes." —Vasco Rosa, Observador
WHAT IS AMERICA?
In a journey through the country that is still viewed as the center of the world, Isabel Lucas, one of Portugal's most prestigious cultural journalists, surveys the soul of America, its myths, its paradoxes, fears and frailties, as well as its greatness and ability to reinvent itself. Her journey started in New York City in March 2016 and went on for more than 60,000 miles. She visited the big cities and also small town in the country's more rural states, she roamed through the mountains of Idaho and the vastness of Alaska, she scorched under the Texan sun, she talked with people from all walks of life, she was able to catch a glimpse of the many Americas that coexist in America. Yet her point of departure for that journey wasn’t really just New York City: it was literature—that sacred territory where there is still room to question, deconstruct, reimagine. With each chapter centered around important works of the American canon that explore the country's geographies —the New Bedford of Moby Dick, Philip Roth’s Newark, Cormac McCarthy’s Texas, Toni Morison’s South. Through these and many other places—both real and imagined—she found a country that is sometimes afraid of looking itself in the eye, and a country that wants to look deep inside, purge itself of its evils and move forward. She discovered an America that shuts itself down before the unknown as well as another America that embraces that its richness lies in its diversity.
A mix of reportage, travelogue and literary essay, this is also, inevitably, a journey through the streets of America, its people, its outcasts, its anonymous voices and, again, its myths, among them the founding dream of America as a land of opportunity. What is the American Dream, after all? Is it the dream of one nation or the dream of an entire world?
ISABEL LUCAS’ journey started in March 2016, as the Primaries were taking place and ended five months later after the surprising election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. While not the focus of the work, Journey to the Heart of the American Dream is, inevitably, a close reflection on that particular period, a sort of barometer of the reaction of common people to that seismic event.
Each chapter departs from a well-known work of literature —some less canonic than others— to explore the geography of the author and its oeuvre and what both reveal about the bigger picture of the country and its identity. These essays are interspersed with brief travelogues with more personal impressions from the author, vivid texts that bring to the page real life in the streets of America. Cormac McCarthy, David Foster Wallace, Donald Ray Pollock, Edith Wharton, Gore Vidal, Herman Melville, Junot Diaz, Louise Erdrich, Marilynne Robinson, Philip Roth, Richard Ford, Saul Bellow, Toni Morrison are the authors that serve as starting points for each chapter.
"It deserves on all levels to figure as one of the best and most original pieces of travel writing of the past years." —António Araújo, Público
"This book is a real feast for the reader. Journey to the Heart of the American Dream is one of the great non‑fiction books of the year, a triumph of journalism and literature." —Pedro Miguel Silva, Deusmelivro
"In this most intimate journey we find an adventure of very personal writing, both humane and intellectual." — José Mário Silva, Expresso
"Isabel Lucas has written excellent pieces on American literature and its authors. This Journey to the Heart of the American Dream is a delight." —Francisco José Viegas, Correio da Manhã
"Isabel Lucas masterfully combines literary reportage with a personal touch, and in doing so comes close to writing literature herself." —Revista Intro
Please, do not hesitate to request the original PDF —an English sample translation is also available. Additionally, you can find information on translation grants from the Portuguese Government by clicking here.