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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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Mar 26, Nathan “N. View all 7 comments. Apr 13, Chad Post rated it really liked it. Over the course of aleaxndrino 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.
Fado Alexandrino by António Lobo Antunes
alexxandrino And filled with detritus. In Antunes’s world, everything is a bit broken, dirty, faded, fat, and gross. It’s as if all of his characters are living in the entropic end-times and trying to figure out how to keep themselves together.
In many ways, this is the prototypical Antunes novel. May 26, Philip Lane rated it really liked it. Not an easy read. I found myself struggling to distinguish the characters, locations and times because much of the narrative is stream of consciousness and not everyone is given a name.
However the language is so evocative, and quite extraordinarily well translated, that I was moved and thrilled with sensations created by a large number of passages throughout the book. 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. 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 the smells and sounds will remain just as strong.
Jan 02, Bob Newman rated it vado was amazing.
Lobo Antunes, whose other works I didn’t know, has written a nearly page masterpiece which definitely is not for everyone. It demands close attention, it demands patience, and you have to like the flow of language. That this is the case even in English is a tribute alexqndrino the famous translator Gregory Rabassa, who almost single-handedly, brilliantly, has brought Portuguese-language literature to English readers. Five men gather in the s in a bar. They served together in Mozambique aroundfighting in one of Salazarist Portugal’s colonial wars.
The novel covers their return to Lisbon, the resumption or crumbling of their previous lives, and then the onset of the bloodless Portuguese revolution of Alexahdrino 25, One man never speaks, but we feel his presence.
There’s a soldier, become a furniture mover for his uncle’s tottering business. There’s a second lieutenant from a humble background, married into a rich family who flee to Brazil when the Revolution occurs.
Third is a lieutenant colonel whose wife dies just as he returns from Africa and who takes up with “a cloud of perfume” in silver high heels and oyster-colored eyelids. Fourth is a communications officer alexandrimo referred to as “Lieutenant” which caused me no end of confusion at first an underground Communist agitator, jailed for his pains before being freed after April 25th.
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. There’s a lot of their sex life, a murder and a denouement. No, you’ll read this because you want to read a highly unusual work of art, one that weaves stories, the gritty side of Lisbon, times, voices, dreams, thoughts, imaginations, and moments together like a collage, like a Pollock painting, like a tapestry.
Lobo Antunes changes direction on pages, in paragraphs, and even in sentencessome of which are extremely long. He draws a detailed picture of Portuguese society seen from the bottom up; no touristy views for him. You can’t just skim along; you have to pay close attention.
Either you’re going to be blown away by this incredible book or you’re going to toss it after the first 20 pages. Jan 04, Gillian rated it liked it. This was a challenging and very difficult book to understand and read. 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.
I know littl This was a challenging and very difficult book to understand and read.
I know little about Lisbon where the story was set. Dec 07, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: As other readers have said, alexandrkno is NOT an easy book to read due to the stream of consciousness, the characters not being given names described by military rank – very slow reading.
But worth it I thought. Five men are having a reunion on the 10th anniversary of their return from Mozambique having served in the Portugese army at the very end of the occupation of Mozambique, returning home just before the overthrow of the Portugese dictatorship.
It helps to know at least a little of midth Ce As other readers have said, this is NOT an easy book to read due to the stream of consciousness, the characters not being given names aleexandrino by military rank – very slow reading.
It helps to know at least a little of midth Century Portugese history. For hundred pages we follow these soldiers and their wives, girlfriends, bosses, oomrades lives for better or worse mostly for worse.
A fascinating rather beautiful book. Sep 02, Robert rated it it was ok. 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.
Fado Alexandrino displays war in all its cartoon insanity, there are passages stuffed with sex, violence and corruption, crossed with complex emotions and anecdotes.
My problem is that I found it dragging. Oct 12, Daniel Pinto rated it really liked it. Alexandrrino all 6 comments. Oct 04, Joni rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct alexandrinp, Robert Hyman rated it liked it. Problemet er at boka mangler noen som helst form for struktur. Aug 19, Tej rated it it was ok. If you like the stream-of-consciousness style of writing, you will love this. It has very vivid similes and metaphors and, unlike Beckett, I could actually make sense of it.
Unfortunately, I don’t alexandribo stream-of-consciousness writing, and so this was extremely painful for me. Even when something interesting happened, I didn’t care because it took so long to get to it. But, if alesandrino like a slow, tedious narrative, give it a shot. Nov 07, Matthew Stowell rated it really liked it. Not an easy book to read but fao the time and energy spent. Lobo Antunes is a demanding author, especially alexxandrino 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.
I didn’t enjoy it as fully as I did his The Land at the End of the World, which I would say is his masterpiece, and I even skipped a few chapters near the end of the book, but if you like this author, it’s Not an easy book to read but worth the time and energy spent.
Apexandrino didn’t enjoy it as fully as I did his The Land at the End of the World, which I would say is his masterpiece, and I even skipped a few chapters near the end of the book, but if you like this author, it’s a must read.
Mar 04, Carinekiki added it. Man man man ik ben er in begonnenmaar als een halve bladzijde 1 zin is En het over de regen gaatdit kan tof zijn. Maar de samenstelling klopte niet. Zo ging heel het boek door. Alexandrono schrijver kan mij niet bekoren! Alle verhaallijnen lopen door mekaar in ellenlange zinnen. May 10, Michi rated it did not like it.
May be a good book, but not my cup of tea: The stream-of-consciousness style made it incredibly difficult to follow what was going on and I gave up not even pages in. Isabel rated it liked it Oct 04, Francisco rated it it was amazing Aug 01, Maria rated it really liked it Jan 15, Thomas Mendes rated it really alexandino it Jul 23, Guille rated it it was amazing Feb 22, Ann rated it did not like it Alexandfino 17, Ana rated it liked it Oct 04, Coltrane rated it it was amazing Aug 17, Rui Sousa rated it it was amazing Mar 22, Alexanrino Martins rated it liked it Aug 12, Bram rated it really liked it Sep 05,