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The razor-thin line between reality and madness is transgressed in this Faulknerian masterpiece, António Lobo Antunes's first novel to appear in English in five years. , set in the steamy world of Lisbon's demimonde--a nightclub milieu of scorching intensity and kaleidoscopic beauty, a baleful planet populated by drag queens, clowns, and drug addicts--is narrated by Paolo, the son of Lisbon's most legendary transvestite, who searches for his own identity as he recalls the harrowing death of his father, Carlos; the life of Carlos's lover, Rui, a heroin addict and suicide; as well as the other denizens of this hallucinatory world. Psychologically penetrating, pregnant with literary symbolism, and deeply sympathetic in its depiction of society's dregs, Lobo Antunes's novel ventriloquizes the voices of the damned in a poetic masterwork that recalls Joyce's with a dizzying farrago of urban images few readers will forget.

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From the beginning of his long, distinguished career, Antonio Lobo Antunes has been a pitiless chronicler of Portugal's colonialism in Brazil and in Africa, the repercussions of which are felt to this day. Lobo Antunes served as a military doctor in the Angolan war of independence from Portugal (1961-75), which generated genocidal acts on both sides, and has emerged as the unquestionable historical... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

The razor-thin line between reality and madness is transgressed in this Faulknerian masterpiece, Antunes's first novel to appear in English in five years.

Synopsis:

A soaring, symphonic epic by the Portuguese master novelist, considered to be the "heir to Conrad and Faulkner" (George Steiner).

Synopsis:

'A soaring, symphonic epic by the Portuguese master novelist, considered to be the \"heir to Conrad and Faulkner\" (George Steiner).\n

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About the Author

António Lobo Antunes, born in 1942, is the author of novels including What Can I Do When Everything's On Fire? and Act of the Damned. He lives in Lisbon, Portugal.Gregory Rabassa is the recipient of multiple prizes and the translator of One Hundred Years of Solitude, among other classic works.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393329483
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Antunes, Antonio Lobo
Translator:
Rabassa, Gregory
Author:
Lobo Antunes, Ant"nio
Author:
Lobo Antunes, Antonio
Author:
Ant"nio Lobo Antunes
Author:
Rabassa, Gregory
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Female impersonators
Subject:
Lisbon (portugal)
Subject:
Alternative History
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080917
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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Product details 480 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393329483 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The razor-thin line between reality and madness is transgressed in this Faulknerian masterpiece, Antunes's first novel to appear in English in five years.
"Synopsis" by , A soaring, symphonic epic by the Portuguese master novelist, considered to be the "heir to Conrad and Faulkner" (George Steiner).
"Synopsis" by , 'A soaring, symphonic epic by the Portuguese master novelist, considered to be the \"heir to Conrad and Faulkner\" (George Steiner).\n

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