While Portugal's literary
mogul José Saramago may have recently captured the American scene with
is novel, "Blindness," and the subsequent Nobel prize that was awarded
to him, another of the country's gems can be found in Antonio Lobo
Antunes. Having previously read his, "Act of The Damned," I sat down
over the break and opened what many reviewers and readers call his
"pinnacle" novel, "An Explanation of The Birds."