The Burning of the Chiado

François VALLEJO

In August 25th 1988, the magnificent city of Lisbon was burning. Through his hotel window, François Vallejo was one of the first to hear the rumbling flames, to see the transforming sky, to feel the colours of the fire.

A few people refuse to evacuate the flaming neighbourhood. Each one of them is seeking something - or someone - and losing part of their humanity by wandering in the streets of Lisbon. But then comes Juvénal, inhabitant of Lisbon, who is too polite to be honest.

This mysterious and disturbing man has such an influence upon his "friends" that he is able to force them into confessing the profound and even unconscious reasons of this sudden clandestineness.

François Vallejo delightfully describes how a certain savagery takes over his heroes, how hunger, thirst and fear alter their identity, reveal them. The "crescendo" is set by the day’s light in which they can see each other, and the darkness of night - total darkness, since there is no electricity - in which.

Press reviews

Témoignage chrétien

« A burning city is beautiful. [...] When we finish up the last page, we think to ourselves : François Vallejo has grown even bigger in literature. »

Le Canard enchaîné

« A gripping adventure that can also be read as a fable on humanity! Vallejo is fearsomely manipulative. A real novelist, master of his visions: it’s enchanting. »

Magazine littéraire

« A short and frantic narrative. »

Figaro Littéraire

« The author places his characters in extreme situations to watch them push back their limits. An intact poetry of disaster. »

About the author

François Vallejo (ENG)
Francois Vallejo knows more and more where he comes from and seeks (...)

Other books by the same author

Hôtel Waldheim

Hotel Waldheim

François Vallejo (ENG)

Paru le 30-08-2018
Un dangereux plaisir

A Dangerous pleasure

François Vallejo (ENG)

Paru le 25-08-2016
Fleur et Sang

Blossom and Blood

François Vallejo (ENG)

Paru le 09-07-2014


François Vallejo (ENG)

Paru le 20-07-2012
Les Sœurs brelan

The Brelan sisters

François Vallejo (ENG)

Paru le 26-08-2010


François Vallejo (ENG)

Paru le 04-05-2007


François Vallejo (ENG)

Paru le 25-08-2006
Le Voyage des grands hommes

Travels of the great men

François Vallejo (ENG)

Paru le 13-01-2005


François Vallejo (ENG)

Paru le 05-09-2003
Madame Angeloso

Madam Angeloso

François Vallejo (ENG)

Paru le 24-08-2001
Pirouettes dans les ténèbres

Pirouettes in the Darkness

François Vallejo (ENG)

Paru le 10-01-2000
Vacarme dans la salle de bal

Ruckus in the Ballroom

François Vallejo (ENG)

Paru le 26-08-1998

Other Foreign right books

Soleil de juin

Soleil de juin


Thomas Oussin

J'ai 7 ans

I am 7


Laurent Dutheil

Terres brûlées

The Burned Lands


Eric Todenne

L'Étoile du temple

The Star of the Temple




Pour recevoir régulièrement
des informations sur l’actualité
de la maison, abonnez-vous à
notre liste de diffusion.