Search Results: "António Lobo Antunes"


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KNOWLEDGE OF HELL by António Lobo Antunes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2008

"Not always coherent and sometimes over the top stylistically, but its intensity never flags, and in bursts the prose can be startlingly original."
The first English translation of Antunes's 1980 novel, third in a surreal, teasingly autobiographical trilogy having to do with a psychiatrist haunted by his participation in Portugal's colonial war in Angola during the 1970s. Read full book review >

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ACT OF THE DAMNED by António Lobo Antunes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 1995

"But for all this frenzied book's wretched excess, the fury of its rhetoric takes on all but irresistible momentum, dragging the reader, albeit kicking and screaming, into its lunatic orbit."
A feverish chronicle of family disintegration rendered as an exhilarating cacophony of conflicting voices: the fourth novel from an award-winning Portuguese author to be translated into English (An Explanation of the Birds, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

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AN EXPLANATION OF THE BIRDS by António Lobo Antunes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1991

"A remarkable combination of angry satire and elegiac tenderness."
A novel of dark, often bitter, humor and remembrance from Portuguese writer Antunes (Fado Alexandrino, 1990), whose hapless hero here represents all that's wrong with post-revolutionary Lisbon. Read full book review >

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THE RETURN OF THE CARAVELS by António Lobo Antunes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Antunes isn't easygoing, but the chaotic brio of his sardonic tragicomic sensibility is often perversely entertaining."
If Portuguese postmodernist Antunes (whose mazelike fictions include An Explanation of the Birds, 1991, and Fado Alexandrino, 1990) were a filmmaker, he'd be the late Luis Buñuel—who, incidentally, makes a telling brief appearance in this multilayered 1988 novel. Read full book review >

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WHAT CAN I DO WHEN EVERYTHING’S ON FIRE? by António Lobo Antunes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Strictly for those who like experimental fiction."
A prolonged tempest in a demitasse in the demimonde of contemporary Lisbon. Read full book review >

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THE INQUISITORS’ MANUAL by António Lobo Antunes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"In so dark a tale there can be no chirpy affirmations, but only telling indictments of the corrupt, the cruel, and the unjust—and these Antunes memorably accomplishes."
Portugal's years under the fascist Salazar are portrayed in a succession of bad dreams, each vividly recalled as characters comment on that dark night of the national soul. Read full book review >

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THE LAND AT THE END OF THE WORLD by António Lobo Antunes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2011

"More effective as an indictment of colonial war than a psychological study."
This semi-autobiographical novel about Portugal's war in Angola was originally published in 1979. Read full book review >

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THE FAT MAN AND INFINITY by António Lobo Antunes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"An exemplary work of writerly autobiography."
Lively, wholly enjoyable memoir by prolific Portuguese novelist Antunes (What Can I Do When Everything's on Fire?, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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ON THE EDGE by Allison van Diepen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"Ideal for readers who prefer a high romance-to-thrills ratio. (Romance. 14-18)"
Romance and danger combine in this companion to van Diepen's Snitch (2013). Read full book review >

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WRITTEN IN FIRE by William L. DeAndrea
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 15, 1995

"Booker's bright, chatty style is perfect for his frontier Ironside's unassuming debut."
DeAndrea (Killed in Fringe Time, p. 1310, etc.) inaugurates a third series starring US marshal Lobo Blacke, sidelined by a bullet in his spine, and his former amanuensis Quinn Booker, a New York dime novelist he's brought to Le Four, Wyoming, to work on his newspaper, the Witness. Read full book review >