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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As the insurrection is spearheaded by military officers, each character has to make a crucial choice on whether to join, resist, or flee when the uprising occurs. After the husband of the house died, the woman brought home a fdao that the two raised together.

Chapter 11 of Part Three breaks with the format established by the other chapters and will be covered in the plot synopsis. Oct 04, Joni rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just before the uprising, the Second Lieutenant had an affair with a woman named Ilda, who got pregnant. Paperbackpages.


You can’t just skim along; you have to pay close attention. Plot [ edit ] Part One: Apr 13, Chad Post rated it really liked it.

Bram rated it really liked it Sep 05, A fascinating rather beautiful book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Not an easy read.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Mozambique, where they fought, was in many ways a tropical Eden, from which they were expelled. Please provide an email address. Refresh and try again. During this time he never stopped writing. The Angolan war for independence later became subject to many of his novels.


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Return to Book Page. His memories were haunted by an African man he shot. The novel wraps up with the group breaking ranks. This is a book I alexandruno 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.

Structure [ edit ] Much of the novel consists of four characters telling their alxeandrino to a fifth, known as the Captain, who remains silent for most of the novel. Jan 02, Bob Newman rated it it was amazing. Their lives turn out to be as sordid and corrupt as the crumbling old city they live in.

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.

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Views Read Edit View history. Published August 21st by Grove Press first published Much of the novel consists of four characters telling their stories to a fifth, known as the Captain, who remains silent for most of the novel.

Fado Alexandrino

rado Want to Read saving…. There’s a lot of their sex life, a murder and a denouement. It was published in Portuguese in and in English translation by Gregory Rabassa in Rui Sousa rated it it was amazing Mar 22, In the final chapters the voices are so intermingled as to be vado indistinguishable. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Unfortunately, I don’t like stream-of-consciousness fadoo, and so this was extremely painful for me.


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. He continues to court Odete even as he provided sex for money to the old painter and others.

Mar 26, Nathan “N. 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. The five characters have gathered at a restaurant and are recounting their lives ten years after their return home from Mozambique in The Soldier suddenly stabs the Communications Officer in the back with a knife.

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The narratives–frequently interrupted by interjections and flashbacks–continue, but there are surprises–each man reveals a betrayal or failure. But, if you like a slow, tedious narrative, give it a shot.

The Soldier took over the moving company and had an affair with a concierge.