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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No, you’ll read this because you want to read a highly unusual work of art, one that weaves stories, the gritty faxo of Lisbon, times, voices, dreams, thoughts, imaginations, and moments together like a collage, like a Pollock painting, like a tapestry. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

There was a problem adding your email address. In many ways, this is the prototypical Antunes novel.

Fado Alexandrino by António Lobo Antunes

Dec 07, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: Return to Book Page. Before the Revolution Alexajdrino five characters have gathered at a restaurant and are recounting their lives ten years after their return home from Mozambique in The five characters have gathered at a restaurant and are recounting their lives ten years after their return home from Mozambique in Lists with This Book.

She recounts how her father was murdered when she was young. During this alexanxrino he never stopped writing.

Fado Alexandrino

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 cado “before the revolution,” “during the revolution,” and “after the revolution. He defends himself and claims it was an accident, but it is implied that he killed the man over Odete.


Alexandrinoo found alexandrinp struggling to distinguish the characters, locations and times because much of the narrative is stream of consciousness and not everyone is given a name. This was a challenging and very difficult book to understand and read. 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.

There’s a second lieutenant from a humble background, married into a rich family who flee to Brazil when the Revolution alecandrino. 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.

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He was alexandrini arrested and brutally tortured by the PIDE. To ask other readers questions about Fado Alexandrinoplease sign up. He never sees her again after fleeing the country. And filled with detritus. Written in a stream of consciousness with little punctuation and alexandrink voices switching mid sentence I needed infinite time and patience to try and understand what the author was telling the reader.

Published August 21st by Grove Press first published An ordinary soldier, easygoing and with quick sympathies, who works for his uncle and is in love with the uncle’s stepdaughter, is the fourth member of the group.


Please provide an email address. He worked many months in Germany and Belgium. 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, Instead, we get a first-person narrative from an unnamed female character.


Sep 02, Robert rated it it was ok. There’s a lot of their sex life, a murder and a denouement. Deze schrijver kan mij niet bekoren! Four members of the same battalion meet at a restaurant to commemorate the tenth anniversary of their return to Lisbon.

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. A relentless account of depravity and debauchery in a setting equally rank and gross–sewers, drains, alexandrlno and women are all noisome.

Mar 26, Nathan “N. Due to the success of his first novel, Alexandrono Antunes decided to devote his evenings to writing. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

He recalls bargaining to buy a young girl in Mozambique who has one miscarriage and one successful birth.