THE HIGH MOUN­TAINS OF POR­TU­GAL

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In Lis­bon in 1904, a young man named Tomás dis­cov­ers an old jour­nal. It hints at the ex­is­tence of an ex­tra­or­di­nary ar­ti­fact that—if he can find it— would re­de­fine his­tory. Trav­el­ing in one of Europe’s ear­li­est au­to­mo­biles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure.

Thirty-five years later, a Por­tuguese pathol­o­gist de­voted to the mur­der mys­ter­ies of Agatha Christie finds him­self at the cen­ter of a mys­tery of his own and drawn into the con­se­quences of Tomás’s quest.

Fifty years on, a Cana­dian sen­a­tor takes refuge in his an­ces­tral vil­lage in north­ern Por­tu­gal, griev­ing the loss of his beloved wife. But he ar­rives with an un­usual com­pan­ion: a chim­panzee. And there the cen­tury-old quest will come to an un­ex­pected con­clu­sion.

The High Moun­tains of Por­tu­gal—part quest, part ghost story, part con­tem­po­rary fa­ble— of­fers a haunting ex­plo­ration of great love and great loss. Filled with ten­der­ness, hu­mor, and end­less sur­prise, it takes the reader on a road trip through Por­tu­gal in the last cen­tury—and through the hu­man soul.

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