World Literature Today: Ler Devagar

World Literature Today: Ler Devagar

Lisbon is a city with no shortage of literary monuments. Look at downtown Chiado, where Livraria Bertrand continues its 285-year-old bookselling business uninterrupted, a meek world record. Along this same street, fanned out in a subtle triangle, Portugal’s greatest poets are frozen midjest or midparagraph in larger-than-life bronzes—Fernando Pessoa’s figure now permanently occupying his usual…