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Born in Lisbon in 1942, António Lobo Antunes is widely considered to be a strong contender for the Nobel Prize. A psychiatrist by trade, Antunes partly gave up his practice in the early 1980's to focus on writing, following the success of his early novels. Antunes's style is often compared to that of Faulkner, Joyce, and Céline, and has already won him over a half dozen international literary awards. The Natural Order of Things, set in his native Portugal (as are most of his novels), is the surreal tale of two families and the enigmatic relations that adhere them to one another throughout the passing generations. At once complex and evocative, the story's fantastical narrative exhibits Antunes's magnificent command of prose and his thorough discernment of the human subconscious. Beautifully told, yet terribly tragic, The Natural Order of Things is an urgent and illuminating book from one of modern literature's most underrated masters.
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Synopsis:

The Natural Order of Things is a tale of two families and the secrets that bind them. The voices of Antunes' characters — an army officer being tortured in prison on charges of conspiracy; an elderly man, once a miner in Mozambique, now reduced to dreams of "flying underground"; a diabetic teenage girl and the middle-aged husband she despises; the officer's illegitimate sister, locked away to haunt the house like Bertha Rochester in Jane Eyre — create a portrait of a disintegrating Portugal, a personal political history that attains the brilliance and surreality of Elias Canetti and Nikolai Gogol.

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ISBN:
9780802138132
Author:
Antunes, Antonio Lobo
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic
Translator:
Zenith, Richard
Author:
Zenith, Richard
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Antunes, Antonio Lobo
Publication Date:
20010531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 13 oz

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Born in Lisbon in 1942, António Lobo Antunes is widely considered to be a strong contender for the Nobel Prize. A psychiatrist by trade, Antunes partly gave up his practice in the early 1980's to focus on writing, following the success of his early novels. Antunes's style is often compared to that of Faulkner, Joyce, and Céline, and has already won him over a half dozen international literary awards. The Natural Order of Things, set in his native Portugal (as are most of his novels), is the surreal tale of two families and the enigmatic relations that adhere them to one another throughout the passing generations. At once complex and evocative, the story's fantastical narrative exhibits Antunes's magnificent command of prose and his thorough discernment of the human subconscious. Beautifully told, yet terribly tragic, The Natural Order of Things is an urgent and illuminating book from one of modern literature's most underrated masters.

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The Natural Order of Things is a tale of two families and the secrets that bind them. The voices of Antunes' characters — an army officer being tortured in prison on charges of conspiracy; an elderly man, once a miner in Mozambique, now reduced to dreams of "flying underground"; a diabetic teenage girl and the middle-aged husband she despises; the officer's illegitimate sister, locked away to haunt the house like Bertha Rochester in Jane Eyre — create a portrait of a disintegrating Portugal, a personal political history that attains the brilliance and surreality of Elias Canetti and Nikolai Gogol.
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