Portuguese Irregular Verbs
|Author||Alexander McCall Smith|
|Series||Professor Dr von Igelfeld|
|Followed by||The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs|
The protagonist is a bitter German professor, Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, who feels that he is not accorded the scholarly recognition and veneration he deserves. Von Igelfeld is an extremely tall philologist at the Institute of Romance Philology in Regensburg, Germany. His closest peers at the institute are professors Dr Dr (honoris causa) Florianus Prinzel and Dr Detlev Amadeus Unterholzer. Von Igelfeld is plagued by envy and suspicion of them.
In Portuguese Irregular Verbs, von Igelfeld's interest in, and expansive knowledge of, Romance languages take him on junkets abroad, where he finds adventure and mishap. The book's title refers eponymously to von Igelfeld's magnum opus, an enormous tome of approximately 1200 pages (which sells poorly).
Alexander McCall Smith followed Portuguese Irregular Verbs with two sequels: The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances, both published in 2003. In 2004, Abacus (an imprint of Little, Brown and Company) republished all three novels in a paperback omnibus titled The 2½ Pillars of Wisdom.
Portuguese Irregular Verbs has eight chapters:
- The Principles of Tennis
- Duels, and How to Fight Them
- Early Irish Pornography
- Italian Matters
- Portuguese Irregular Verbs
- Holy Man
- Dental Pain
- Death in Venice
- Maclean Dubois; 1st Edition edition (1997) Retrieved 2012-12-05.