August 31, 2005 Gloria Kaiser To Discuss Historical Novel on Queen of Portugal on Sept. 19

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Gloria Kaiser will discuss her novel “Saudade: The Life and Death of Queen Maria Glória of Lusitania” at the Library of Congress at noon, Monday, Sept. 19, in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The event, which is sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center and the Hispanic Division, is free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required.

In “Saudade: The Life and Death of Queen Maria Glória of Lusitania,” Kaiser writes about a young princess who, in 1831, is forced to leave her home in Brazil and follow her father into exile. After the forcible overthrow of her tyrannical uncle, she is crowned Queen of Portugal and dutifully lives out an existence of painful experiences—spiritual loneliness, revolts and opposition to her rule, the early death of her own “Prince Charming,” the discovery of her second husband’s infidelity, the infant deaths of some of her children—and of saudade, a Portuguese term for the melancholic yearning for lost roots and ties.

Kaiser, a representative of the Austrian government with responsibilities for cultural exchange between Austria and Brazil, spends much of her time in her second homeland. Her other novels include “Ein Opfer Ohne Bedeutung” (A Victim Without Significance), “Oktoberfrühling” (October Spring), “Dona Leopoldina,” “Pedro II von Brasilien” and “Anita Garibaldi.” Kaiser has also written radio plays, stories and books for young people and has been awarded numerous literary prizes.

Through a generous endowment from John W. Kluge, the Library of Congress established the Kluge Center in 2000 to bring together the world's best thinkers to stimulate and energize scholarly discussion, distill wisdom from the Library's rich resources and interact with policymakers in Washington. For more information about fellowships, grants and programs offered by the Kluge Center, contact the Office of Scholarly Programs, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC 20540-4860; telephone (202) 707-3302, fax (202) 707-3595, or visit the Web at


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