Good Portuguese books?

Hey guys, can anyone recommend any books written in Portuguese that are good for an intermediate level? Books that are relatively easy to obtain (Amazon)

I ordered Dom Casmurro and it's a bit tough to follow at times, looking for something that will hopefully better grab my attention

April 1, 2014


I guess every student of Portuguese is tempted to read "O Alquimista" by Paulo Coelho at some point because it was such a big hit in the English translation "The Alchemist". In fact, reading both the Portuguese and the English language editions in tandem could be a good idea and should reduce the number of times you'll need to look up a word in a dictionary. By the way, Coelho seems to condone the distribution of pirate copies ( and Coelho's personal website used to host downloadable PDF copies of some of his books. I'm not sure whether they are still there (a quick look turned up nothing), but here is one I tracked down:

I like books with a bit more humour so try the novels by Jô Soares or the short stories of Luis Fernando Verissimo (not to be confused with the much more serious Erico Verissimo). Reading some of these is on my to-do list.

There are several short story compilations to consider too, such as those edited by Italo Moriconi (it looks like buying used copies wouldn't break the bank).

If it is literature rather than light reading you are after then see: for some suggestions. Or choose something contemporary from this list:

If you have a Kindle you can get many books written in Portuguese free of charge (and if you don't have a Kindle and are happy to read your books on a traditional computer screen, download one of the Kindle reader apps first - a bonus is the built-in Portuguese dictionary). With my relatively low level of Portuguese I look for ones intended for younger readers.

April 1, 2014

In many languages it is possible to buy graded readers to suit your abilities. There is one for Brazilian Portuguese aimed at the intermediate level, it is called "Crônicas Brasileiras" and it is available from Amazon in two different editions. There is a third edition coming soon so it may be worth waiting for that: Also consider the "The Routledge Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese Reader":

April 2, 2014

If "Dom Casmurro" isn't engaging you, you might prefer the shorter fiction of Machado de Assis---like "O Alienista". It's slightly less complicated and more playful.

There's also Clarice Lispector: "A Hora da Estrela" is on an intermediate level, even if it's a fairly bleak read.

Or maybe Eça de Queiroz? "O Crime do Padre Amaro" isn't too long. ("Os Maias" or "O Primo Basilio" are a little more of a time investment, admittedly).

Fernando Pessoa's "Livro do Desassossego" is probably a step beyond intermediate, but I know that's what I'm working towards being able to read.

April 2, 2014

Are you looking for Brazilian or European Portuguese? For Brazilian, Paulo Coelho is very easy to read. He uses quite short sentences and the language itself is rather simple. For more challenging books try Chico Buarque (also Brazilian Portuguese). As for European, I would recommend Jose Rodrigues dos Santos, try any of his books, they are all really good.

April 2, 2014

I recently read "Os Jogos da Fome" in Portuguese,not a Portuguese book though, but it was really very engaging, I simply could not stop until I finished the book. I am not sure about the level though, but if you like the story I would give it a try.

April 2, 2014

the alchemist is good.

April 3, 2014

Don't you know a similar book to alchemist by any chance? I mean, similar plot, or atmosphere?

April 7, 2014

what do you mean? you can read his other books. i think he made a book based off of the alchemist, which it either preceded or succeeded the alchemist

April 8, 2014

I was thinking of a different author maybe, but I might just as well see what Coelho has written and chose something, I just thought you could recommend something from your experience:) Thanks.

April 8, 2014
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