Get this from a library! Les Lusiades.. [Luís de Camões; Roger Bismut]. Les Lusiades has ratings and reviews. K.D. said: This epic poem tells the story of the voyage of Vasco de Gama particularly his pioneering. Results 1 – 30 of 86 Les Lusiades by Camoens and a great selection of similar Used, New and Collectible Books available now at

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There is the most bizarre section at the end when Da Gama and his ship end up on a kind of island of love as a reward for the labours, with a great number of attractive nymphs competing for attention.

Landeg White’s translation was surprisingly readable.

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Dom Luis uses Roman mythological figures to dramatise all manner of things: Read it if you like – it lusiaxes shorter than most epics I’ve read, adventurous in places, only tedious from my point of view towards the end.

Of course he lived in 16th entry Portugal, a very Christian place, and the Church had to approve the Lusiads before it could be published. Added to the fact that how the epic joyfully depicts the many massacres and slaughters the Portuguese partake in or will partake in their conquest of the Indias, the book is in its lex a violent, nationalist justification of colonialism.

Deze overdaad is jammer, want er gebeurt toch al zo weinig in ‘De Lusiaden’, dat in zijn nationalistische wens de menselijke maat maar al te vaak vergeet. Classic that is seldom seen on reading lists. One such challenge comes from “the barbaric Moslems”. En esta historia en particular, el autor nos narra uno de los viajes de Vasco da Gama, personaje y caballero ilustre del pueblo lusitano.

Share your thoughts with other customers. I made my usual mistake of buying the cheap translation, so probably a poorer edition than I could have read.


This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Those readers who get angry at writers from earlier eras may want to skip this, for the clear villains in human form at lest are almost anyone of the Islamic faith.

Written in the 16th century, it is an ode to Portugal’s greatness at the time and its three to four generations of explorers, warriers and conquerers, notably Vasco da Gama’s pioneer voyage to India. However, I cannot put my heart luwiades it and appreciate it entirely, as it would not be fair either.

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Amazon Business Service for business customers. This is Portugal’s national epic. The book is an interesting blend of Christian themes and classic Roman mythology.

The first European artist to lusiadse the equator, Camoes’s narrative reflects the novelty and fascination of that original encounter with Africa, India and the Far East.

Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item? As an epic poetry, maybe some of the beauty and wit got lost lusiadss translation. It must have taken considerable mental gymnastics to equate the pantheon of Greek gods with the Catholic faith but I suppose he had the excuse of it being a literary device. Trivia About The Lusiads. But I don’t think it has the same affect for someone not a patriot of that country.

Quotes from Les Lusiades. The aim was to provide a secure sea route to India and its lucrative spice trade, thus avoiding the numerous taxes and tolls from the overland route. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

However, it was not an enjoyable read. Yet it speaks powerfully, too, of the precariousness of power, and of the rise and decline of nationhood, threatened not only from without by enemies, but lew within by loss of integrity and vision. I just do not have patient for dishonesty anymore, even if it is well written. Since we have a hour difference, This epic poem tells the story of the voyage of Vasco de Gama particularly his pioneering route from Portugal to India.


I know that I cannot put my reality on a poem written in and analyze it as if it was written in – this would not be fair.

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I enjoyed reading this book but somewhat ironically. First published inThe Lusiads is one of the greatest epic poems of the Renaissance, immortalizing Portugal’s voyages of discovery with an unrivalled freshness of observation.

It is lws the story of countless cruel wars and agressions on other cities, countries and ancient civilisations and the massacres and murders of countless people around the globe. Good that my workstation has two monitors so I flash Project Gutenberg in one of them while the other one has the presentation and search for the books that I still do not have. Seems like wishful thinking to me. However, since they don’t see me and since my head normally spins because of lack of sleep, I have to help myself, right?

Mas vamos falar um bocadinho desta epopeia. Since we have a hour difference, their normal working hours are my normal sleeping hours. Kindle Editionpages. Write a customer review. So, I read this book while my American lusades were debating. Interesting read if only for the fact that it was written over years ago and provides an insight into what was thought lusiadws believed at the time.