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The Last Will and Testament of Senhor Da Silva Araujo

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Everyone in Cape Verde knows Senor da Silva. Successful entrepreneur, owner of the island's first automobile, a most serious, upright, and self-made businessman, Senor da Silva is the local success story. Born an orphan, he never married, he never splurged — one good suit was good enough for him — and he never wandered from the straight and narrow. Or so everyone thought. But when Senor da Silva's 387-page Last Will and Testament is read aloud — a marathon task on a hot afternoon which exhausts reader after reader — there's eye-opening news, and not just for the smug nephew so certain of inheriting all Senor da Silva's property. With his will, Senor da Silva leaves a memoir that is a touching web of elaborate self-deceptions. He desired so ardently to prosper, to be taken seriously, to join (perhaps, if they'll have him) the exclusive Gremio country club, and, most of all, to be a good man. And yet, shady deals, twists of fate, an illegitimate child: such is the lot of poor, self-critical Senor da Silva. A bit like Calvino's Mr. Palomar in his attention to protocol and in his terror of life's passions; a bit like Svevo's Zeno (a little pompous, a little old-fashioned, and often hapless), Senor da Silva moves along a deliciously blurry line between farce and tragedy: a self-important buffoon becomes a fully human, even tragic, figure in the arc of this hilarious and touching novel — translated into Spanish, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, and now, at last, English.

Review:

"The work of Germano Almeida surprises us with the essential richness of his world and its proximity and vigor." El País

Review:

"A great moment of Cape Verdean literature." Ilse Pollack

Review:

"Almeida's refreshing voice and playful irony ring clearly in this translation." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Germano Almeida is Cape Verde's greatest living writer: a lawyer and a publisher, winner of several prizes, he is the author of five books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811215657
Translator:
Glaser, Sheila
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Translator:
Glaser, Sheila
Author:
Almeida, Germano
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series Volume:
no. 151
Publication Date:
20040731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.98x5.24x.49 in. .39 lbs.

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Product details 176 pages New Directions Publishing Corporation - English 9780811215657 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The work of Germano Almeida surprises us with the essential richness of his world and its proximity and vigor."
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