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making waves: the continuing portuguese adventure

A nonficton book about the Portuguese, their descendants around the world, and the great influence this little nation has had on history/

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From Vasco da Gama to Dilma Rousseff: The Portuguese and Their Descendants Make Waves

  • Jul 9, 2013
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From a review by Ryan Tucker Jones in the Bulletin of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies:

"In this short book, Mary Soderstrom combines history, anecdote,
travelogue, and autobiography to sail briskly through 500 years of Lusophone
history. In ten chapters, she moves from the first Portuguese discoveries in the
Atlantic to the current worldwide distribution of the Portuguese language. Along
the way she considers places as widely separated as San Diego and Mozambique,
as well as many other spots in between where the Portuguese settled. Such
remarkable geographical breadth, paralleling, of course, the Portuguese’s own
historical experience, constitutes one of the principal strengths of the book."

and

""an engaging, enjoyable read – take it with
you on the plane to any place the Portuguese once sailed and you will receive a
quick orientation into the continued vibrancy of the world-spanning culture they
created."

Warning: This is the latest in the reviews I've come across of my book that was published in 2010, so I've got a vested interest in letting people know about it :)

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Mary Soderstrom is a Montreal-based writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her new collection of short stories, Desire Lines: Stories of Love and Geography, will be published by Oberon Press in November, … more
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