This expanded Tagus Press edition features Gregory McNab’s masterful 1988 translation of Dark Stones and a new introduction from Maria João Dodman. As an insider from the island of Pico, Dias de Melo writes in a realistic style that is passionate and forceful, yet tenacious, without ever losing certainty and control.
DIAS DE MELO (1925–2008) was a prolific writer in several genres whose work focuses on life on the Azores, especially the experiences of whalers from Pico and their dreams, failures, struggles, and solidarity against the forces of nature and social interests within a closed rural-maritime community. Dark Stones (Pedras negras), one of his best-known novels, was first published in Portuguese in 1964. MARIA JOÃO DODMAN is associate professor of Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian studies at York University in Toronto. GREGORY MCNAB is professor emeritus of Portuguese at the University of Rhode Island.