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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In Antunes’s world, everything is a bit broken, dirty, faded, fat, and gross.


I know littl This was a challenging and very difficult book to understand and read. 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.

Though all of their lives change according to their choices, the consequences tend to flatten out and by the time of the reunion none of them seems to have gained much, suggesting that the Revolution is not as significant to these military men as the war that preceded it.

Aug 19, Tej rated it it was ok. Paperbackpages. 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.

Before the Revolution The five characters have gathered at a restaurant and are recounting their lives ten years after their return home from Mozambique in Just before the uprising, the Second Lieutenant had an affair with a woman named Ilda, who got pregnant. 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 Mozambique, returning home just before the overthrow of the Portugese dictatorship.

Alle verhaallijnen lopen door mekaar in ellenlange zinnen. 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. The Soldier lived with them and was intrigued by Odete. 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.


He joined a Marxist group working to overthrow the government. His contact Olavo got him a job in a ministry so he could infiltrate the government and sway others to his cause.

Fado Alexandrino

Return to Book Page. Rui Sousa rated it it was amazing Mar 22, Jan 04, Gillian rated it liked it.

By the end of his education he had to join the Army, to take part in the war in Angola, from to Mozambique, where they fought, was in many ways a tropical Eden, from which they were expelled. He defends himself and claims it was an accident, but it is implied that he killed the man over Odete.

Coltrane rated it it was amazing Aug 17, The boy grew up to be the Communications Officer, the lady of the house is his godmother, and the woman telling the story is Esmeralda. Either you’re going to be blown away by this incredible book or you’re going to toss it after the first 20 pages.

What happens to the men during that confused period in Portugal’s history, and then when things settle down is the subject of the rest of the book. 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.

The narratives–frequently interrupted by interjections and flashbacks–continue, but there are surprises–each man reveals a betrayal or failure.

The prostitutes begin complaining about the dead body and all have to decide what to do with the corpse. Not an easy read.

The psychology of the military veteran plays a significant role in the novel, and the author carefully depicts the often difficult transition for soldiers returning to civilian life. Third is a lieutenant colonel whose wife dies just as he returns from Africa and who takes up with “a cloud of perfume” in silver high heels and oyster-colored eyelids.


May 26, Philip Lane rated it really liked it. View all 7 comments. 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. This page was last edited on 17 Marchat The Angolan war for independence later became subject to many of his novels.

He draws a detailed picture of Portuguese society seen from the bottom up; no touristy views for him. Oct 12, Daniel Pinto rated it really liked it.

Please provide an email address. She recounts how her father was murdered when she was young. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Trivia About Fado Faado. Her mother remarried a man who raped her before she was sent to Lisbon to work as a maid. Maar de samenstelling klopte niet.

Fado Alexandrino by António Lobo Antunes

My problem is that I found it dragging. The Lieutenant-Colonel, whose first wife died while he was in Mozambique, has married again–but not happily–and his career has advanced alesandrino his rather ambiguous support of the revolution that ended the dictatorship of Salazar.

May be a good book, but not my cup of tea: Frequently, the character who forms the focus of a particular chapter will begin speaking to the Captain alexandrinoo the present and in the first person, and then his story will switch to the third person as some experience in the past is narrated. He was then arrested and brutally tortured by the PIDE. I know little about Lisbon where the story was set.