Absurd Hour

The Fernando Pessoa Foundation Libraries and the virtuous Literacidades have started the project Hora Absurda Leituras Conjuntas [Absurd Hour Joint Readings], the hour dedicated to Literature.

With the aim of encouraging the community to share the experiences, emotions and thoughts that come from reading a wide variety of books, it is also a good excuse to bring together students, teachers and literature enthusiasts.

Every two months, a literary suggestion will be suggested and a face-to-face meeting of readers will be scheduled, which will be attended by the creators of Literacidades, Álvaro Cúria and Ludgero Cardoso, and personalities from the Fernando Pessoa Foundation.

28 October 2022, 7 pm
The 1st Absurd Hour took place at the Álvaro de Campos Specialized Library and was dedicated to the life and work of our patron, Fernando Pessoa.

It was an informal talk between Nadine Rombert Trigo, Pro-Rector for Institutional Development and International Relations at University Fernando Pessoa and Álvaro Cúria and Ludgero Cardoso, creators of Literacidades.

Participants were asked to read a poem, short story, book or biographical text about the author beforehand.







You can watch the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax9olK7RmBQ

More photos here and here.

 14 December 2022, 5:30 pm
The 2nd Hora Absurda took place at the Fernando Pessoa Library and was dedicated to Chico Buarque.
To talk about Chico Buarque is also to read him, sing him and listen to him.

One of the best-known Brazilian singers, he is also a key figure in Lusophone literature, winner of the Camões Prize in 2019.

Patricia Weber, a lecturer at UFP, moderated a session that included Marlúcio Arruda, Klaryne Rodrigues and Sthênyo Cavalcante and, of course, Álvaro Cúria and Ludgero Cardoso, creators of Literacidades.

We would like to thank Mr. Paulo Muccillo Torino for the photo report, and Álvaro Curia’s Portuguese as a Foreign Language students for their participation.




You can watch the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTRVuys9sKo

More photos here and here.

23 February 2023, 5:30 pm

The 3rd Absurd Hour took place at the Álvaro de Campos Specialized Library and was dedicated to Annie Ernaux, winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Her works deal with social, political and cultural issues, with an emphasis on feminism and the status of women in society, analyzing themes such as gender oppression, the female body, sexuality and the fight for equal rights.

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You can watch the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kboZuZe87mQ

One more photo here.

Press clippings [in Portuguese]: Jornal de Notícias and Correio da Manhã.

3 May 2023, 5:30 pm

The 4th Absurd Hour took place in the atrium of the Faculty of Health Sciences’ Directorship building and was be dedicated to Porto’s women’s literary voices, which included Sophia de Mello Breyner, Agustina Bessa-Luís, Isabel Rio Novo, Florbela Espanca and Ilse Losa.

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You can watch the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3WJrPGVRw4