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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The Lieutenant-Colonel, whose first wife died while he was in Mozambique, has married again–but not happily–and his career has advanced despite his rather ambiguous support of the revolution that ended the dictatorship of Salazar. I know littl This was a challenging and very difficult book to understand and read. Maar de samenstelling klopte niet.

Chapter 11 of Part Three breaks with the format established by the other chapters and will be covered in the plot synopsis. Over the course of one long, long night five military men who fought in the Portuguese Colonial Wars get blasted and tell their life stories from “before the revolution,” “during the revolution,” and “after the revolution. Not an easy book to read but worth the time and energy spent.

He joined a military regiment and was slexandrino to the rank of commander. War, we all know, is hell, but the peace for the four veterans of noted Faxo novelist Antunes’ latest South of Nowhere, may be worse. The stream-of-consciousness style made it incredibly difficult to follow what was going on and I gave up not even pages in. However the language is so evocative, and quite extraordinarily well translated, fsdo I was moved and alexndrino with sensations created by a large number of passages throughout the book.


Themes [ edit ] The psychology of the military veteran plays a significant role in the novel, and the author carefully depicts the faro difficult transition for soldiers returning to civilian life.

The Lieutenant Colonel was captured and taken to Captain Mendes. Ana rated it liked it Oct 04, As the evening progresses, they move on to a nightclub. His memories were haunted by an African man he shot.

Fado Alexandrino

The novel seems to suggest that the characters have been fundamentally shaped by their common experience in the war and can never become a part of normal society again. The boy grew up to be the Alexxandrino Officer, the lady of the house is his godmother, and the woman telling the story is Esmeralda. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Deze schrijver kan mij niet bekoren! The third soldier, the Communications officer, is a Communist who stayed on in the military so that he could work for the Party while in Lisbon; he’s in love with a dedicated Marxist, Dalia. Due to the success of his first fafo, Lobo Antunes decided to devote his evenings to writing. To ask other readers questions about Fado Alexandrinoplease sign up.

There was a problem adding your email alsxandrino. In the present time, the narratives reveal that the Communications Officer is the one who had an affair with Edite.

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By the end of his education he had to join the Army, to take alexanndrino in the war in Angola, from to The Communications Officer, named Celestino, returned to his godmother and a woman named Esmeralda. Five men gather in the s in a bar. Plot [ edit ] Part One: Although each is given a name, the characters are most often identified by the ranks they held during the war, further implying that their identities were fixed by the experience.


Lobo Antunes is a demanding author, especially in this book, which is one of his least accessible, but every page or so you come upon a sentence or phrase so extraordinary, you have to stop and savor it and usually write it down.

Be the first to discover new talent! Akexandrino Angolan war for independence fadl became subject to many of alwxandrino novels. The second lieutenant has also married–a woman from a wealthy family, all of whom fled to Brazil when the revolution began but returned when the status quo was restored.

To see what your qlexandrino thought of this book, please sign up. As they sit around a table all five discuss the madness of war and eventually commit an murder which affects the town they live in as well and works as a sort of wake up call. The Communications Officer languished in prison as the Revolution occurred.

Bram rated it really liked it Sep 05, Antunes skillfully weaves the tangle of stories and memories, but the unremitting nastiness of what he describes is ultimately too much–it is numbing.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This is a book I will mark down to read again as I am sure that with re-reading the plot and characters will become clearer and Not an easy read.

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