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Signs of Fire
Translated by John Byrne
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ISBN: 978 1 857543 85 8
Published: June 1999
216 x 135 x 28 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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.
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