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The Moon, Come to Earth
Author: Philip J. Graham

ISBN: 9780226305158
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 17 October 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.9 x 1.0
Description:
A dispatch from a foreign land, when crafted by an attentive and skilled writer, can be magical, transmitting pleasure, drama, and seductive strangeness. In "The Moon, Come to Earth, " Philip Graham offers an expanded edition of a popular series of dispatches originally published on "McSweeney's," an exuberant yet introspective account of a year's sojourn in Lisbon with his wife and daughter. Casting his attentive gaze on scenes as broad as a citywide arts festival and as small as a single paving stone in a cobbled walk, Graham renders Lisbon from a perspective that varies between wide-eyed and knowing; though he's unquestionably not a tourist, at the same time he knows he will never be a local. So his lyrical accounts reveal his struggles with (and love of) the Portuguese language, an awkward meeting with Nobel laureate Jose Saramago, being trapped in a budding soccer riot, and his daughter's challenging transition to adolescence while attending a Portuguese school--but he also waxes loving about Portugal's "saudade"-drenched music, its inventive cuisine, and its vibrant literary culture. And through his humorous, self-deprecating, and ...

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