Derek Jacobi reads this prizewinning novel set in the sweltering summer of 1938 when Portugal was under the Fascist shadow of Spain.
Pereira Maintains tells a tale of reluctant heroism.
The editor of the arts page of a Lisbon newspaper, Dr Pereira, wants nothing to do with politics.
Something of an academic he spends his time immersed in nineteenth century French literature.
His closest confidante is a photograph of his late wife.
But all this changes when he meets Francesco Monteiro Rossi, a charismatic young man with links to the anti-Franco International Brigade.
As Pereira comes to realise the extent of the suppression of free speech in the country he loves, he is drawn into a reckless act of rebellion.
Abridged by Jane Marshall.
Produced by Jane Marshall
A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.
Dr Pereira wants nothing to do with politics, but then he meets Francesco Monteiro Rossi.