In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the February–March 2021 topic challenge.

Based on the number of votes in the proposals thread (+6), the second topic challenge of 2021 will be the Portuguese epic poem

Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads).

What's a topic challenge?

See the meta posts linked above, and also this main meta post. In short, during February–March 2021 we should all try to read Os Lusíadas.

Participation is not obligatory in any sense, but those who participate will be forever remembered in the annals of our history. And of course it goes without saying that questions about other works are more than welcome during those months too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.

How can I take part?

By getting hold of Os Lusíadas, in any language you like, and asking good questions about it. These questions should be tagged with and and , and other tags if appropriate. We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.

Below is Tsundoku's original presentation of this topic challenge, which contains some useful links:

Os Lusíadas by Luís Vaz de Camões is one great classics of Portuguese literature. This epic poem, first published in 1572, "celebrates the discovery of a sea route to India by the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama (1469–1524)" (Wikipedia).

The text can be easily found online, for example:

For translations available in print, see for example

  • The Lusiads. Translated by William Atkinson. Penguin, 1973. (256 pages). This is a prose translation with a 30-page introduction.
  • The Lusiads. Translated by Landeg White. Oxford University Press, 2008. (288 pages). This is a verse translation with a 12-page introduction, a select bibliography, maps and (at the back of the book) explanatory notes.

What's next?

  • The December 2020 - January 2021 topic challenge, literary theory, is still ongoing. The January-February 2021 one, Theodor Fontane, is starting imminently.
  • Vote here for the next topic challenge, or propose your own in an answer there!

List of all questions posted in this topic challenge

  • add entries in the form https://literature.stackexchange.com/questions/<question-ID> by [username](https://literature.stackexchange.com/users/<user-ID>), dd/mm/2021.

The highest-voted of these is [question URL], with a score of TBD at the end of March.

The most viewed is [question URL], with approximately TBD views during the months of February and March.

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