Fado Alexandrino. Antonio Lobo Antunes, Author, Gregory Rabassa, Translator Grove/Atlantic $ (p) ISBN António Lobo Antunes, who has been called “one of Portugal’s pre-eminent writers” by The New York Times, was born in Lisbon in , where he still resides. But ”Fado Alexandrino” is a vastly different book – more ambitious, more complex and, inevitably perhaps, far more difficult. The one lonely.
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Not an easy book to read but worth the time and energy spent. To gain money to take Odete out, the Soldier started accepting money for sex from a year-old man, a painter. The stream-of-consciousness style made it incredibly difficult to follow what was going on and I gave up not even pages in.
A relentless account of depravity and debauchery in a setting equally rank and gross–sewers, drains, men and women alexandrlno all noisome. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.
But worth it I thought. Isabel rated it liked it Oct 04, Mar 04, Carinekiki added it.
Frequently, the character who forms the focus of a particular chapter will begin speaking to the Captain in the present and in the first person, and then his story will switch to the third person as some experience in the past is narrated. May 10, Michi rated it did not like it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. What happens to the men during that confused period in Portugal’s history, and then when things settle down is the subject of the rest of the book.
He joined a military regiment and was promoted to the rank of commander. He joined a Marxist group working to overthrow the government.
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Nov 07, Matthew Stowell rated it really liked it. Rui Sousa rated it it was amazing Mar 22, Her mother remarried a man who raped her before she was sent to Lisbon to work as a maid.
Jan 04, Gillian rated it liked it. As the evening progresses, they move on to a nightclub. The police find the body of the Communications Officer, pick up the prostitutes for questioning, and are on the trail of the soldiers. It helps to know at least a little of midth Century Portugese history.
But, if you like a slow, tedious narrative, give it a shot. One man never speaks, but we feel his presence.
In the present time, the five have had quite a bit to drink and make plans to move on to another venue.
Either you’re going to be blown away by this incredible book or you’re going to toss it after the first 20 pages. Ffado worked many months in Germany and Belgium.
Want to Read saving…. He recalls bargaining to buy a young girl in Mozambique who has one miscarriage and one successful birth.
Guille rated it it was alexajdrino Feb 22, Before the Revolution The five characters have gathered at alexanfrino restaurant and are recounting their lives ten years after their return home from Mozambique in Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Written in a stream of consciousness with little punctuation and with voices switching mid sentence I needed infinite time and patience to try and understand what the author was telling the reader.
Talk of killing him emerges among the drunken men.
By the end of his education he had to join the Army, to take part in the war in Angola, from to It was there, in a military hospital, that he gained interest for the subjects of death and the other.
The psychology of the military veteran plays a significant role in the novel, and the author carefully depicts the often difficult transition for soldiers returning to civilian life. Bymybook rated it liked it Jan 12, The second lieutenant has also married–a woman from a wealthy family, alexamdrino of whom fled to Brazil when the revolution began but returned when the status quo was restored.
Aug 19, Tej rated it it was ok.
Sometimes fantasy elements are introduced as characters imagine possible scenarios. His contact Olavo got him a job in a ministry so he could infiltrate the government and sway others to his cause.
Sep 02, Robert rated it it was ok. In comparison, Lisbon, where they now live, is a city alexandrinoo infinite corruptions, disappointments, and squalor.
For hundred pages we follow these soldiers and their wives, girlfriends, bosses, oomrades lives for better or worse mostly for worse. Open Preview See a Problem? In each part, chapters 1, 5, and 9 are centered on the Soldier; 2, 6, and 10 on the Lieutenant Colonel; 3, 7, and 11 on the Communications Officer; and 4, 8, and 12 on the Second Lieutenant. Coltrane rated it it was amazing Aug 17, This page was last edited on 17 Marchat Paperbackpages.