Sunday, January 9, 2011

Mariza, Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

credits: António José Ribeiro

Mariza the Portuguese fado singer, received her first official foreign distintction the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres at the French Embassy in Lisbon, December 8th 2010. 

The insignia is one of the highest distintctions of the Government of France for distinguished foreign citizens.

French Ambassador & Mariza
credits: French Ambassy in Lisbon

"Between traditon and contemporaneity, Mariza modernized the fado. Mariza is a great representative of Portugal in the World."

French Ministery of Culture

The fado 'Chuva'*, lyrics by the great Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa.


Including Portuguese literature into school by Portuguese fado.


Visit the digital library of Fernando PessoaThe Fernando Pessoa House has a unique treasure: the private library of this great literary figure. It's not very often one can find an entire library belonging to a writer with Pessoa's universal dimension. 

Books tend to move very fast: they may be lent, lost or sold. Pessoa himself sold some of his books, but left us 1142 densely annotated volumes, of all genres and in several languages. 

Introduction (excerpt)


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