Synopses & Reviews
What if everything he learned from his television, from the movies, from what he heard on the radio, was treated as an absolute and incontrovertible truth? And what, then, if this man was amoral, cunning, and willing to lie, seduce, and kill to save himself from anonymity?
With an army of consultants, a library of "how-to" manuals, and an endless variety of product placements at his behest, the hero of Anonymous Celebrity sets out to become king of his own little world--which unfortunately turns out to be the same one the rest of us live in. Equal parts Nabokov, All About Eve, and Big Brother, this is a bawdy, irreverent indictment of our self-absorbed culture of celebrity, where to be anything less than famous means being something less than human . . .
"A wild, surreal novel, vulgar, funny, self-conscious, painful. It is done in short takes, each with a headline; a kitchen sink kind of book, envisioning the hideous nature of life under a repressive regime of the 1960s." E. L. Doctorow
What if a man were so shallow that he couldn't believe his life had meaning unless he was loved and desired by millions of people?
This Brazilian novel uses exuberant exaggeration, unusualtypographical layout, and artful juxtaposition of seemingly unrelatedinformation to build a sharp denunciation of dictatorship . . . Verymuch tongue-in-cheek, this novel is entertaining despite the seriousmessage underneath.Mr. Brando demonstrates both daring and an admirable facility in writing serious fiction in the form of the folhetim, the pulp serials that are popular for their slangy tone.
About the Author
Ignácio de Loyola Brandão began his career writing film reviews and went on to work for one of the principal newspapers in São Paulo. Initially banned in Brazil, his novel Zero went on to win the prestigious Brasilia Prize and become a controversial bestseller. Brandão is the author of more than a half-dozen works of fiction, including Zero, Teeth Under the Sun, Angel of Death, and The Good-Bye Angel.A native of Massachusetts, Nelson Vieira has studied in Brazil and Portugal. He is a Professor of Portuguese & Brazilian Studies and Judaic Studies at Brown University.