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Isabel Soler

The Shipwrecked Seas

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Acantilado

January 2004

288 pages

Biographies and memoirs, Essay, Human Studies

Original Title: Los mares náufragos

“The ship started springing a leak five days ago in the stern, in the hold the pumps are out of action, there is no land in sight, the crew have started throwing part of the cargo into the sea – starting with the property belonging to the less important passengers, but never the pepper, which is the property of the king – the carpenters on board are impotent and don’t even dare to tell the officers what the situation is, the boatswain is ill, the pilot gets the route wrong, the passengers complain, but without being aware of what is going on, it starts to rain and a strong wind gets up which tears the sails to shreds and snaps the masts, the first signs of disaster start to show and the men on the Santa Maria da Barca give in to desperation.” This is the vivid, perspicacious language that Isabel Soler uses in order to bring home to us the chronicles of the Portuguese ships that were wrecked in the 16th and 17th centuries, chronicles that Gomes de Brito collected in his classical work Tragic-Maritime History.

Praises

«An extremely interesting analysis of the chronicles of the shipwreck of Portuguese navigators».
Jacinto Antón, El País

«An exceptional book».
Anton M. Espadaler, La Vanguardia

«An unusual, different, enthralling book, full of moving and impressive stories».
José María Guelbenzu, El País

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