|Subject: Literature about Portugal|
Since there have been many postings about books of spanish ambience, but
none about Portugal, I would suggest the books of Nobel Prize JosŤ Saramago.
A perfect intro to a portuguese driving tour is Viagem em Portugal actually
a travelogue by the author who traveled across his country some years
ago,off season,alone, by car,trying to recollect its soul.(He lives in
spanish Lanzarote island).Don't expect to find practical information on
main tourist attraction,rather sketches about people he came across or
very small village churches,all in a mood that is pure saudade.
You could dive yourself into portuguese atmosphere even by reading novels
by the same author,for instance O ano da morte de Ricardo Reis(The year
Ricardo Reis died,I'm sorry I don't know what are the titles in american
or english editions).
Of course the most famous portuguese writer of last century is Fernando
Pessoa,but I find him a bit too intellectual for my taste(or difficult
for my preparation),if not boring.