Inspired by the beauty and magic of the Azorean archipelago, this collection transports readers from the natural to the supernatural
Born from the fertile volcanic soil and the sea and mists surrounding the Azorean islands, the characters who inhabit these stories blend realism with magic. Like the nine Muses, each island has its own special attributes. Whether searching for love, power, or meaning, these characters are subject to the whims of Fate and Fortune. Here the commonplace present confronts forces both natural and supernatural. In the Azorean microcosm, they come to represent a far larger sphere, embodying the foibles and idiosyncrasies of humanity the world over.
The Conjurer and Other Azorean Tales is volume 18 of the Portuguese in the Americas Series published by Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, the publishing arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. The Series documents the variety andcomplexity of the Portuguese-American experience by publishing works in the social sciences, history and literature.
Table of Contents of The Conjurer and Other Azorean Tales
- The Conjurer
- The Last Troubadour of Lusitania
- Dona Leonor’s Dress
- Alfredo’s Timeless Death
- Maria Almeida’s Miraculous Fate
- The Witches and the Fisherman . The Thief of Santa Inês . The Newest Star . The Secret Place . The Blind Man of Praia Negra
- A Night on the Town . The Wounds
- The Lost Voice
- Constança’s War with the Elements . The Exile
- Eduardo’s Promise
- The Saint of Quebrado do Caminho
- Night Magic
Darrel Kastin was born in Los Angeles, the son of an Azorean mother and a father of Russian/Jewish descent. His novel, The Undiscovered Island, won the 2010 IPPY Independent Publisher’s Silver Award for Multicultural Fiction. He is also a musician and a composer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1lwb0bk5r4).