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Signs of Fire

Jorge de Sena

Translated by John Byrne

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ISBN: 978 1 857543 85 8
Imprint: OxfordPoets
Published: June 1999
216 x 135 x 28 mm
256 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Signs of Fire is set in Portugal at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Jorge is a young student on holiday with his uncle in the resort of Figueira da Foz. His uncle shelters two Spaniards, fugitives from the police. Portugal supports Franco: the two men if captured would be returned to certain death.

    Jorge joins his usual summer crowd of friends. Some of them plot to steal a boat, rescue the Spaniards and smuggle them out of Portugal to join up with the Republicans. Jorge falls in love with Mercedes, the sister of a conspirator, but she is engaged to Almeida, a sailor co-opted to pilot the boat to Spain.

    Romance and adventure unfold together. Signs of Fire is a young man's book, partly autobiographical, passionate and frank in its depiction of youthful sexuality.



    JOHN BYRNE
    , translator and critic, is currently writing a biography of Fernando Pessoa.
    Jorge de Sena
    Jorge de Sena (1919-1978) was born in Lisbon. He studied Civil Engineering in Oporto but turned to writing poetry, fiction, criticism and essays. Uncomfortable with the Salazar regime, he emigrated to Brazil in 1959 and in 1965 moved to the United States. He held various chairs, notably that of Portuguese Literature ... read more
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