Lídia Jorge presents new book in Portimão

“Estuary” is the new book by Lídia Jorge and the Algarve writer will present the work this Thursday, 14th of […]

“Estuary” is the new book by Lídia Jorge and the Algarve writer will present the work this Thursday, June 14, at 18 pm, at the Manuel Teixeira Gomes Library, in Portimão.

Four years after “Os Memoráveis” was presented at TEMPO – Teatro Municipal de Portimão and two years after “O Amor em Lobito Bay” was presented at Casa Manuel Teixeira Gomes, writer Lídia Jorge will be back in Portimão, a time and again at the initiative of the Ibero-Atlântica Institute of Culture (ICIA), to present, in conversation with João Ventura and with excerpts being read by the actor Luís Vicente, his new novel, “Estuary”.

In a statement from the publisher D. Quixote, Lídia Jorge said: «I thought about this book while I was writing the end of “Os Memoráveis”. I wanted to write the story of a family that resisted adversity, each trying to hide their private lives from others».

“They would be parallel lives of resistance and they all had in common the fact that they were anonymous Promethean figures. I wanted this “Estuary” to be the simile of the place where the river of stories flows, which remain for a moment in the whiteness of the pages, before disappearing into oblivion».

Edmundo Galeano is the character who stars in “Estuary”, a man, still young, who traveled the world on a humanitarian mission and who returns to his father's house with half of his right hand severed.

“He returned with an experience to tell and a recommendation to make in writing, and in the elaboration of that testimony, he began to completely occupy his days,” says editor D Quixote.

However, faced with «the daily vicissitudes that unbalance the large house in the Largo do Corpo Santo [in Lisbon], Edmundo is gradually realizing that the distant tribulations maintain a direct relationship with the private battles that are fought on his side».

His right hand, disfigured, «becomes a defense of literary invention in the face of the cruelty of reality», says the publisher, stating that “Estuary” «belongs to the category of premonition books, through the link between the design of the future and Literature».

According to João Ventura, president of the ICIA board, who will present the book, “this new novel by Lídia Jorge has a personal imprint of realism open to other stylistic horizons, such as the fantastic and the marvelous, of which the author uses to look at the world around her and capture the living feeling of everyday life, questioning us about the meaning of our own lives in a world, according to the author, in an apocalyptic shock».

As if this “Estuary” – adds João Ventura -, «like the waters of the river that run into the sea, were the space of confluence between fiction and reality where the author questions the world».

Lídia Jorge debuted with “O Dia dos Prodígios” (1980), which addresses the inaugural period after the 1974 revolution. , rehearsal and theater.

The author has been distinguished with different awards, including Latinity, for her work as a whole, the Grand Prize for Novel and Novel of the Portuguese Writers Association, in 2002, as “O Vento Assobia nas Gruas”, which also earned her. the Correntes d'Escritas Prize, in 2004, and the Vergílio Ferreira Prize, from the University of Évora, in 2015, for his work as a whole.

In 2006 he won the first edition of the Albatroz Prize, from the Günter Grass Foundation and, in 2015, the Luso-Spanish Culture Prize, awarded by the Governments of Portugal and Spain.

Lidia Jorge it was also, in 2016, awarded the Medal of Honor of Loulé.