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The Book of Emotions (Brazilian Literature)by Joao Almino
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Isolating these moments in his memory and attempting to analyze them much like a lens, he envisions "a haiku stripped of rhetoric that captures only what is in front of the camera." Yet, deprived of his sight, the photographer now must reconstruct his experiences as a series of affective snapshots, a diary of his emotions as they were frozen on this or that day. The result, then, is not the description of a remembered image, but of the emotional memory the image evokes. João Almino here gives us a trenchant portrait of an artist trying to close the gap between objective vision and sentimental memory, leaﬁng through a catalog of his accomplishments and failures in a violent, artificial, universal city, and trying to reassemble the puzzle that was his life.
"Nearing the end of his life in the year 2022, a blind Brazilian photographer, Cadu, revisits his past in Almino's tale of memory and regret. Cadu lives alone, haunted by the yearning for all the women he's loved and lost. His only remaining friends are Mauricio, the son of his late wife, and Carolina, his goddaughter whose mother he wished to seduce. With Mauricio and Carolina's help, he decides to create The Book of Emotions, a photo journal of his 'incomplete, sentimental memories from a period in which could see, and saw too much.' Although he is blind, the photos of former friends, lovers, and enemies 'reveal themselves in rich detail' in his mind, evoking powerful emotions from years past. The journal begins when his lover Joana leaves him for the wealthy politician Eduardo Kaufman. Cadu then moves to the capital city, BrasÃlia, where he finds political corruption and chases a series of women, images of whom he captures for his exhibit of nude photographs and which epitomize his 'instantaneous, fleeting and sometimes deceptive reality.' Almino (The Five Seasons of Love) succeeds in capturing the essences of these photographs — loneliness and longing — through language, and readers will sympathize with the artist who never receives the love or respect he seeks and deserves. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In a future Brazil, a blind photographer considers his old photographs and, deprived of his sight, reconstructs his experiences.
About the Author
João Almino is the author of five novels, of which The Five Seasons of Love and The Book of Emotions are available in English translation. He has taught at Berkeley, Stanford, the Autonomous National University of Mexico, and the University of
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