Saturday, June 25, 2016 – 3:30 to 5:30 pm
6161 Cambie Street, Vancouver
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:
"Now and at the Hour of Our Death"
A nurse sleeps at the bedside of his dying patients; a wife deceives her husband by never telling him he has cancer; a bedridden man has to be hidden from his demented and amorous eighty-year-old wife. In her poignant and genre-busting debut, Susana Moreira Marques confronts us with our own mortality and inspires us to think about what is important.
Accompanying a palliative care team, Moreira Marques travelled to Trás-os-Montes, a forgotten corner of northern Portugal, a rural area abandoned by the young. Crossing great distances where eagles circle over the roads, she visits villages where rural ways of life are disappearing. She listens to families facing death and gives us their stories in their words as well as through her own meditations.
Brilliantly blending the immediacy of oral history with the sensibility of philosophical reportage, Moreira Marques’ book speaks about death in a fresh way.
Light refreshments will follow, courtesy of the Consulate General of Portugal
Admission is free, but please register by e-mail: email@example.com
The English translation of the novel, published by And Other Stories in 2015, is available in paperback or e-book formats at
amazon.com, amazon.ca and chapters.indigo.ca. It is also available from Chapters bookstores.