Paperback Õ Fado Alexandrino Epub Ü

Paperback  Õ Fado Alexandrino Epub Ü 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 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 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 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 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 the smells and sounds will remain just as strong 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, jostle and chortle, and crowd one another out, the images swarm, magnify and recede, searing your mind, and continually, and over and a 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, jostle and chortle, and crowd one another out, the images swarm, magnify and recede, searing your mind, and continually, and over and again, tintinnabulating until you re terrorized, barreling forward into Surreal, fractured heavens and hells.At times I was lost, groping through the text, wall eyed with indefinable sensations The difficulty level bordered on Faulkner s Absolom, Absolom at first, but I could feel the blockage loosening up The dams eventually burst and the rollicking, hedonistic, rambling, phantasmagoric words flooded in with Biblical insistence The author s intrinsic reliance on crunchy, noodling metaphors within metaphors sold me on the style, but it took practice to acclimatize myself to the hailstorm of his method Having read The Land at the End of the World, I immediately bought all 13 volumes of Antunes currently available in English Fado Alexandrino is a doubly forceful encore to that book, vaster and braver andinsane in every way His prophetic images, nuanced through bodies and minds, his visionary texturing of layer upon layer of perspective, the imagination, the absurdist comedy, the deep pathos, the bloody violence, all congealed into a twisted nightmare It took me far too long to read At times I recoiled, gasping, but I always dove in for.The book takes place in a restaurant so splattered that the colors all run together The men who tell their stories here are tied together by the tragedies of war and the semblance of lives they lead afterward, some politics intrude, reality blends seamlessly with their words it is sometimes impossible to tell if a line is spoken aloud by a character or not, since quotation marks were missing from Antunes typewriter There is an astounding richness of diction, an abundance of syntax that is most inspiring, a Nabokovian variety of descriptions, endless clarifications, and haunting, Kafkaesaue flights of fancy all intricately interwoven with contra textual interpolations, until it becomes a fabric of dispossessed, roiling, shamanistic visions, belligerent speculations, Borgesian depths of irony and allusion, an ever deepening darkness, a whirlpool, spewed out by the most expressive, articulate of cynics, amid the most entertaining and gruesome business of warfare, as he warps mentally between Mozambique and Lisbon, cradled by his whores, the narrator, abysmally in his cups, indulges in luscious flashbacks, which layer the novel with a hazy filter.It is a book to be treasured, devoured, regurgitated, and savored repeatedly It is sustained dementia, a mesmerizing panoply of humanity s willy nilly selfishness It s mind boggling to conceive how Antunes brain concocted all of this controlled chaos The riveting imagery makes for an immersive experience, as crowded as an Altman film, with the strange toothache of nostalgia, fading in and out, coupled with effective motifs and repetitions, as the characters vomit out the sea It is an interior sea, as detailed and manic as Javier Marias at his best The sea of human emotion and strife, language as a liquid, solidifying around them The narrative flows The chapter divisions become almost meaningless, but stopping reading is like coming up for air before plunging back down into an ocean of grease It meanders, digresses, diverges, submerges you You have to succumb to the galloping rhythm if you are going to make it all the way through this monumental work.Schizo phrenetic, with constant interruptions, confusing jump cuts and scene changes, often mid sentence just roll with it It s a sophisticated form of impressionistic storytelling The environment is constantly personified, wilderness mingles with urban settings, nurses become creatures, and the wildest illusions intrude into the mundane conversations of night club drifters Get used to the feel of mud, insects, rot, destruction, toads, make way for sex, murder, strangulation, erotic fixations, bursting pustules everywhere, simply everywhere, war torn landscapes of the mind, stumbling, delirious soldiers, and obviously, death as a hovering omniscience Antunes is as acerbic as C line, but somehow dignified in his irreverence His prose is always biting, pissing and scratching as it scrambles through labyrinthine paragraphs, you are grabbed, manhandled and left in a slowly drying pool of excrement The book is truly fecal in texture, with elephantine horrors sliding across the page, dwelling too long under your nose, dribbling over your mind, leaving a definitive, tongue shriveling aftertaste, at times deliciously repulsive Reminiscences manifesting with lucid detail, scenes morphing into still lives, memories metamorphosed into fossilized hangover hallucinations these are the corridors of this literary convolution Remarkably, it is crystalline in structure, and gem like metaphors sprout in abundance The washing machine was sobbing away at its work Hundreds of profound observations about the state and nature of objects and environments parade through the narrative, every character is caught with their pants perpetually down, trailing afterbirths, or excrement, like baffled fish in the grit smeared tank of Antunes mind.The squelching, magnificent simile metaphor sandwiches are to be re read endlessly, like the following Madam Simone, hand in hand with the fellow in a red jacket, came back on stage rolling her ancient body with all the grace of a locomotive, and bending over in an awkward bow that made the vast withered mass of her mammaries pop out like cartilagenous heads of twins peeping out and hanging down in the course of a birth How could you not read this 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 novels, the author takes his readers into a world of violence, sex, drunkenness, hatred and love Simultaneously, he has created a work o 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 novels, the author takes his readers into a world of violence, sex, drunkenness, hatred and love Simultaneously, he has created a work of genius in which the conscientious reader can discern the pain and the confusion in the stories of each of the central characters Most importantly, he has left this reader, at least, in a story filled with deprivation, disgust and humour, with a deeply felt sense of empathy with the human condition At the end of the book, I found myself wondering if, given the circumstances of each of their lives, I would have been able to overcome a similar fate, a fate which, on the surface seems to be so easily avoidable As with all of us, each character wants to be understood, wants to understand, wants to simply live what the good life Don t we all This is the story of five men who gather to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their return from the war of counter insurgency in the then colony of Mozambique They are the soldier, the communications officer, the second lieutenant, the captain, and the lieutenant colonel During the long night of talking, drinking and whoring, each relates, often in painful detail, the circumstances of his life Only four of the characters are speaking The fifth is generally the one being addressed Often they are speaking over each other, not paying much attention to what the others are saying Often they are confused, bewildered, distressed by another s story Typical human communication But I shall leave it those of you who decide to read the book to discern the story Keep in mind that Ant nio Lobo Antunes wants to portray people as they actually feel and behave, so it is not always easy to sort the characters out Also, as the characters speak, events do not always unfold chronologically Also, note that the book is divided into three sections, each with four chapters Thus, each character is given three chapters to tell his story in each section but it s not always that simple If you take on this wonderful challenge, I would suggest that you make a list of the four characters then write down the various names they are given throughout along with the events and the women in their lives You may also wish to list the names of the women as they come up and be on the lookout for those known by different names This is probably not at all necessary for those not addled by old age as I am Do read it It is a very human, even touching, story with lots of heartfelt humour Ant nio Lobo Antunes does a wonderful job of putting us in touch with our inner humanity Really Difficult, dense, dirty, disturbing, dazzling

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