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Fado Alexandrino In this new work by the foremost Portuguese novelist, the reunion of five men on the tenth anniversary of their battalion s return from Mozambique, Portugal s Vietnam, ends in a fatal stabbing which ultimately serves as an act of liberation for the corrupt city of Lisbon Newsday


10 thoughts on “Fado Alexandrino

  1. says:

    Grandmaster of MetaphorTrying to come up with the right word to describe Antunes prose is difficult Any comparisons are superficial, but I ll mention all the writers he resembles in minor ways The best single word I could find was tintinnabulation That s what his words do They rattle around in your head, slide around like unsecured luggage on a freighter, jos


  2. says:

    Second read As is my habit, I shall not attempt to summarize the story, just my take on what it is about A brilliant novel by Portuguese author, Ant nio Lobo Antunes Fado Alexandrino is an alcohol fuelled crawl through Portugal s colonial wars, the Carnation Revolution, and the post revolution period, all portrayed in their hideous glory As with all of his nov


  3. says:

    Difficult, dense, dirty, disturbing, dazzling


  4. says:

    Everyone is familiar with the concept of a great american novel This book might be easily called a great Portuguese novel It encompasses traumatic, relatively recent past of the country including desperate bloody wars for african colonial possessions followed by the revolution against the dictatorship in 1974 and its aftermath Four main characters, all ex millit


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    H uns dias atr s, ouvi uma entrevista antiga do Gon alo M Tavares em que ele dizia querer evitar as palavras casadas nascen a Ficou me na cabe a a express o e quando voltei ao gigantesco tomo que o Fado Alexandrino, percebi o qu o bem encaixava este querer na obra do Lobo Antunes.Li livros do Lobo Antunes contemp raneo e agora estou a fazer uma leitura cronol gic


  6. says:

    Two years ago Lobo Antunes pissed people off by making the unarguable statement that by the time he was 40, about the age the 2001 crowd is now, he had already published Fado Alexandrino, one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, and they had nothing of identical power to show for It s easier to prove 2 and 2 equals 5 than refuting that statement They re not


  7. says:

    Em 1982 um grupo de camaradas re ne se para jantar e retomam contacto ap s os dez anos separados, desde a chegada da guerra colonial em 1972 Do grupo, e n o vou dizer os nomes porque faz parte da experi ncia da leitura descobrir o nome de cada um, faz parte um alferes, um capit o, um oficial de transmiss es, um tenente coronel e um soldado O livro est estruturado e


  8. says:

    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 Each chapter centers on one of the particular characters the lowly foot soldier, the lieutenant colonel who returns from the colonies to find out his w


  9. says:

    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 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 Mozambiq


  10. says:

    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 T


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