book club piano cemetary

EU Book Club: THE Piano CemetEry

by José Luís Peixoto

Saturday, June 6 - 3pm - 5pm
UBC Museum of Anthropology – Community Lounge

("Cemitério de Pianos")

Organized by the Consulate General of Portugal in Vancouver and EUNIC Canada-Vancouver, with the support of the Camões Institute for Cooperation and Language, the next meeting with the EU Book Club, moderated by Alexandra Henriques, will be with a Portuguese novel:

The Lázaro family are carpenters who would rather be piano-makers. In the dusty back room of their carpentry shop in Lisbon is the 'piano cemetery', filled with broken-down pianos that provide the spare parts needed for repairing and rebuilding instruments all over the city.
It is a mysterious and magical place, a place of solace, a dreaming place and, above all, a trysting place for lovers. Peixoto weaves the tragic true story of the marathon-runner, Francisco Lázaro, into a rich narrative of love, betrayal, domestic happiness and dashed hopes.

(Text: Publisher's website)

-- “A superb family saga” – The Times --


Born in 1974, José Luís Peixoto has published poetry and fiction and received the Prize Jovens Criadores (Young Creators) in the years of 1997, 1998 and 2000.
In 2001, his novel Nenhum Olhar ("Blank Gaze/The Implacable Order of Things") received the José Saramago Literary Award.
In 2007, The Piano Cemetery was distinguished with Spanish Calamo Literary Award for the best novel published in Spanish translation on the previous year.
His works have been translated in a total of 20 languages and published in many countries worldwide.

Light refreshments will follow, courtesy of the Consulate General of Portugal

Admission is free, but please register by e-mail: