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ISBN13: 9781564784360
ISBN10: 1564784363
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"The narrator of this stark and elegantly translated novel is a psychiatrist named Antnio Lobo Antunes, returning from vacation to his loathed job at Miguel Bombarda Hospital in Lisbon. Over the course of the trip, the narrator's mind ranges over the monstrosities he encountered in the colonial wars in Angola in the 1970s and in his work; through the layering of memories, he draws parallels between the destruction of the war and the questionable care offered to the mentally ill. The novel is both stylistically and emotionally demanding: the point of view shifts back and forth from first- to third-person as the narrative develops in a plotless associative collage, including a hallucinatory episode in which hospital employees gleefully consume the corpse of a soldier. The novel has a heavy autobiographical element and presents a bleak vision of humanity, except in the narrator's tender appeals to Joanna, his daughter, to whom much of the novel is addressed. In this early work (first published in Portugal in 1983), Antunes transforms rage into gorgeous, lyrical language." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"As I may have written in these pages before, my mom would pester me from time to time about killing herself: 'Tell me why I shouldn't just jump out this window and end it once and for all?' The window in question was only on the second story; it was a picture window, she would have had to muster up tremendous velocity to crack the thing, and if she'd succeeded, she would have ended up down on the... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Like his creator, the narrator of this novel is a psychiatrist who loathes psychiatry, a veteran of the despised 1970s colonial war waged by Portugal against Angola, a survivor of a failed marriage, and a man seeking meaning in an uncaring and venal society. The reader joins Antunes on a journey both real and phantasmagorical as he travels by car from a vacation in the Algarve back to his hated work as a psychiatrist at a Lisbon mental institution. In the course of one long day and evening, he carries on an imaginary conversation with his daughter Joanna, observes with surreal vision the bleak countryside of his nation, recalls the horrors of his involuntary role in the suppression of Angolan independence, and curses the charlatanism of contemporary psychiatric advances that destroy rather than heal.

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Isla, January 23, 2012 (view all comments by Isla)
I loved this book so much I started reading it over again the minute I finished it just to soak it in and understand it on a new level. Beautiful language and effortless transitions between three or more stories in a fictional dream. Antunes is one of the very few writers who can make me read slowly and love it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781564784360
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Subject:
General
Translator:
Landers, Clifford E.
Author:
Antunes, Antonio Lobo
Subject:
Psychiatrists
Subject:
Portugal
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Portuguese Literature
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
298
Dimensions:
8.28x5.86x.81 in. .86 lbs.

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Product details 298 pages Dalkey Archive Press - English 9781564784360 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The narrator of this stark and elegantly translated novel is a psychiatrist named Antnio Lobo Antunes, returning from vacation to his loathed job at Miguel Bombarda Hospital in Lisbon. Over the course of the trip, the narrator's mind ranges over the monstrosities he encountered in the colonial wars in Angola in the 1970s and in his work; through the layering of memories, he draws parallels between the destruction of the war and the questionable care offered to the mentally ill. The novel is both stylistically and emotionally demanding: the point of view shifts back and forth from first- to third-person as the narrative develops in a plotless associative collage, including a hallucinatory episode in which hospital employees gleefully consume the corpse of a soldier. The novel has a heavy autobiographical element and presents a bleak vision of humanity, except in the narrator's tender appeals to Joanna, his daughter, to whom much of the novel is addressed. In this early work (first published in Portugal in 1983), Antunes transforms rage into gorgeous, lyrical language." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Like his creator, the narrator of this novel is a psychiatrist who loathes psychiatry, a veteran of the despised 1970s colonial war waged by Portugal against Angola, a survivor of a failed marriage, and a man seeking meaning in an uncaring and venal society. The reader joins Antunes on a journey both real and phantasmagorical as he travels by car from a vacation in the Algarve back to his hated work as a psychiatrist at a Lisbon mental institution. In the course of one long day and evening, he carries on an imaginary conversation with his daughter Joanna, observes with surreal vision the bleak countryside of his nation, recalls the horrors of his involuntary role in the suppression of Angolan independence, and curses the charlatanism of contemporary psychiatric advances that destroy rather than heal.
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