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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The three parts of the novel are structured around the Revolution. In Part One images and incidents from the war creep into the narrative with some regularity, suggesting that the soldiers have not yet faco the war behind them.

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There was a problem adding your email address. Refresh and try again. 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.

To ask other readers questions about Fado Alexandrinoplease sign up. If you like the stream-of-consciousness style of writing, you will love this.

Either you’re going to be blown away by this incredible book or you’re going to toss it after the first 20 pages. A relentless account of depravity and debauchery in a setting equally rank and gross–sewers, drains, men and women are all noisome. Maar de samenstelling klopte niet.

alexandirno Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Five men gather in the s in a bar. Unfortunately, I don’t like stream-of-consciousness writing, and so this was extremely painful for me.

Lists with This Book. Their lives turn out to be as sordid and corrupt as the crumbling old city they live in. You can’t just skim along; you have to pay close attention.

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Fado Alexandrino by António Lobo Antunes

That this is the case even in English is a tribute to the famous translator Gregory Rabassa, who almost single-handedly, brilliantly, has brought Portuguese-language literature to English readers. Nov 07, Matthew Stowell rated it really liked it. Just before the uprising, the Second Lieutenant had an affair with a woman named Ilda, who got pregnant.

He joined a military regiment and was promoted to the rank of commander. One alexanxrino never speaks, but we feel his presence. They plan a robbery, which goes awry when the car crashes. 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.

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. Isabel rated it liked it Oct 04, 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.

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.

Fado Alexandrino

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.

This page was last edited on 17 Marchat Mozambique, where they fought, was in many ways a tropical Eden, from which they were expelled.

The Lieutenant Colonel, named Artur, went to seek his wife at a cancer institute only to discover that she had died just before his return. Lobo Antunes, whose other works I didn’t know, alexandrini written a nearly page masterpiece which definitely is not for everyone. The five characters have gathered at a restaurant and are recounting their lives ten years after their return home from Mozambique in The Lieutenant Colonel alexandrlno captured and taken to Captain Mendes.



Francisco rated it it was amazing Aug 01, Four members of the same battalion meet at a restaurant to commemorate the tenth anniversary of their return to Lisbon. This is a book I will mark down to aalexandrino again as I am sure that with re-reading the plot and characters will become clearer and Not an easy read.

Ann rated it did not like it Aug alexandgino, 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. 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 alexsndrino smells and sounds will remain just as strong.

It helps to know at least a little of midth Century Portugese history.

In the final chapters the voices are so intermingled as to be practically indistinguishable. A fascinating rather beautiful book. May 10, Michi rated it did not like it. After the husband of the house died, the woman brought home a boy that the two raised alexandeino. Please provide an email address.

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 April 25, I found myself struggling to distinguish the characters, locations and times because much of the narrative is stream of consciousness and not alexajdrino is given a name.