«Young people used to neglect death, even to olympically ignore it; nowadays they fear it. What on earth happened?»
Here's an odd, somewhat spooky challenge, no doubt, but I kinda fancy it! Something to be taken à la Don Giovanni, I'd say...
«Which 11 dead souls from History would you invite for a dream – or a nightmare… – supper? State your reasons.»
As I am a little bit «more papist than the pope himself» (as we all Portuguese usually are), I've decided to have two suppers: one to settle some things right with Portuguese History, and another to satisfy my worldwide curiosity.
As to you, dear blogger friends, just follow what your hearts tell you to. You'll surely find your own method.
So here are the Portuguese celebrities I would invite:
1. D. Leonor Teles, para ficar a saber todas as p*tices que quase nos custaram a independência.
2. Gil Vicente, para me relembrar como se goza com classe com o poder estabelecido.
3. Fernão Mendes Pinto, para me contar as verdadeiras barbaridades dos portugueses no Oriente.
4. D. Sebastião, para me deliciar com bichices renascentistas.
5. Bocage, para ouvir umas quadras hardcore sobre todos os presentes.
6. D. Carlota Joaquina, para fazer pendant com as outras duas.
7. Camilo Castelo Branco, para ter um olhar sarcástico sobre os convivas.
8. Pessoa, para vê-lo verdadeiramente desassossegado.
9. Salazar, para vê-lo muitíssimo perturbado, quase apopléctico.
10. Beatriz Costa, para a desbunda ser total.
11. Cunhal, para o apreciar a demolir os inimigos históricos do povo.
And here are my cosmopolitan guests:
1. Nefertiti: what a beauty queen's life was like in Ancient Egypt.
2. Plato: looking me in the eye, why he bans poets from the city.
3. Alexander Magnus: what was harder – conquering the largest empire ever or keeping his lover's love?
4. Hadrian: how correct and adequate Yourcenar's novel is.
5. Torquemada: how hot it is living in a luxury condo in hell.
6. Michelangelo: how grand it was for an artist to be great and gay.
7. Mozart: a cheerful genius is a must at a supper table.
8. Marquis de Sade: what drove him so far.
9. Queen Victoria: all of her love affairs out in the open.
10. Einstein: what the Universe holds in store for us humans.
11. Marguerite Yourcenar: now she'll have to tell nothing but the truth.
Import this «challenge» to your blogs if you feel like it. It's great fun!
Please take this as only a weekend amusement. There's nothing else to it, really.
Thanks, dear Will, for the lush idea!