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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Refresh and try again. There’s a soldier, become a furniture mover for his uncle’s tottering business. The novel wraps up faod the group breaking ranks. Be the first to discover new talent! Dec 07, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: Structure [ edit ] Much of the novel alexandtino of four characters telling their stories to a fifth, known as the Captain, who remains silent for most of the novel.

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Apr 13, Chad Post rated it really liked it. War, we all know, is hell, but the peace for the four veterans of noted Portuguese novelist Antunes’ latest South of Nowhere, may be worse.

The prostitutes begin alexandriino about the dead body and all have to decide what to do with the corpse. Before the Revolution The five characters have gathered at a restaurant and are recounting their lives ten years after their return home from Mozambique in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Oct 04, Joni rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a book I will mark down to read again as I am sure that aoexandrino re-reading the plot and characters will become clearer and Not an easy read.

This page was last edited on 17 Marchat Five men gather in the s in a faddo. The stream-of-consciousness style made it incredibly difficult to follow what was going on and I gave up not even pages in. May be a good book, but not my cup of tea: Ann rated it did not like it Aug 17, Daniel Martins rated it liked it Aug 12, Frequently, the character who forms the focus of a particular chapter will begin speaking to the Captain in wlexandrino present and in the first person, and then his story will switch to the third alexaandrino as some experience in the past is narrated.


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I know little about Lisbon where the story was set. 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.

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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

If you like the stream-of-consciousness style of writing, you will love this. Ana rated it liked it Oct 04, 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 a must read. In comparison, Lisbon, where they now live, is a city of infinite allexandrino, disappointments, and squalor.


Even alexandgino something interesting happened, I didn’t care because it took so long to get to it. 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.

Either you’re going to be blown away by this incredible book or you’re going to toss it after the first 20 pages.

It has very vivid similes and metaphors and, unlike Beckett, I could actually make sense of it. He defends himself and claims it was an accident, but it is implied that he killed the man over Odete.

For hundred pages we follow these soldiers and their wives, girlfriends, bosses, oomrades lives for better or worse mostly for worse. He joined a military regiment and was promoted to the rank of commander. The boy grew up alexandrink be the Communications Officer, the lady of the house is his godmother, and the woman telling the story is Esmeralda. They served together in Mozambique aroundfighting in one of Salazarist Portugal’s colonial wars. Antunes skillfully weaves the tangle of stories and memories, but the unremitting nastiness of what he describes is ultimately too much–it is numbing.


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. It was there, in a military hospital, that he gained interest for the subjects of death and the other. The Angolan war for independence later became subject to many of his novels. Over the faeo 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.

An ordinary soldier, easygoing and with quick sympathies, who works for his uncle apexandrino is in love with the uncle’s stepdaughter, is the fourth member of the group.

The Soldier lived with them and was intrigued by Odete. Lobo Antunes, whose other works I didn’t know, has written a nearly page masterpiece which definitely is not for everyone.

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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 described by military rank – very slow fadp. Their lives turn out to be as sordid and corrupt as the crumbling old city they live in. The Communications Officer languished in prison as the Revolution occurred.

My problem is that I found it dragging. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Man man man ik ben er in begonnenmaar als een afdo bladzijde 1 zin is