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Bbing which ultimately serves as an act of liberation for the corrupt city of Lisbon' Newsda. literature as tapestryDrowning in words that crash rumble streak past drip down through the cracks in the ceiling swell up from the pages and invade my brain stumble drop fall plunge from every page topple my usual sense of books I made it through FADO ALEXANDRINO to the very end sometimes wondering why I was subjecting myself to such a difficult novel sometimes rejoicing that I d heard of it by chance many years ago Lobo Antunes whose other works I didn t know has written a nearly 500 page masterpiece which definitely is not for everyone It demands close attention it demands patience and you have to like the flow of language 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 Five men gather in the 1980s in a bar They served together in Mozambiue around 1970 fighting in one of Salazarist Portugal s colonial wars 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 1974 One man never speaks but we feel his presence There s a soldier become a furniture mover for his uncle s tottering business There s a second lieutenant from a humble background married into a rich family who flee to Brazil when the Revolution occurs 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 Fourth is a communications officer also referred to as Lieutenant which caused me no end of confusion at first an underground Communist agitator jailed for his pains before being freed after April 25th 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 There s a lot of their sex life a murder and a denouement Set down like that the plot of FADO ALEXANDRINO doesn t amount to much No you ll read this because you want to read a highly unusual work of art one that weaves stories the gritty side of Lisbon times voices dreams thoughts imaginations and moments together like a collage like a Pollock painting like a tapestry Lobo Antunes changes direction on pages in paragraphs and even in sentences some of which are extremely long He draws a detailed picture of Portuguese society seen from the bottom up no touristy views for him You can t just skim along you have to pay close attention Let s face it Either you re going to be blown away by this incredible book or you re going to toss it after the first 20 pages Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, you have to like the flow of language 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 Five men gather in the 1980s in a bar They served together in Mozambiue around 1970 fighting in one of Salazarist Portugal s colonial wars 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 1974 One man never speaks but we feel his presence There s a soldier become a furniture mover for his uncle s tottering business There s a second lieutenant from a humble background married into a rich family who flee to Brazil when the Revolution occurs 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 Fourth is a communications officer also referred to as Lieutenant which caused me no end of confusion at first an underground Communist agitator jailed for his pains before being freed after April 25th 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 There s a lot of their sex life a murder and a denouement Set down like that the plot of FADO ALEXANDRINO doesn t amount to much No Her Husbands Christmas Bargain you ll read this because The Geography of Witchcraft you want to read a highly unusual work of art one that weaves stories the gritty side of Lisbon times voices dreams thoughts imaginations and moments together like a collage like a Pollock painting like a tapestry Lobo Antunes changes direction on pages in paragraphs and even in sentences some of which are extremely long He draws a detailed picture of Portuguese society seen from the bottom up no touristy views for him You can t just skim along Hold On To Me you have to pay close attention Let s face it Either Copping It Sweet (Murphys Law you re going to be blown away by this incredible book or Ill Be Yours for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze, you re 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'In this new work by the foremost Portuguese novelist the reunion of five men on the tenth a. 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 allThis 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 Mozambiue 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 amDo 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 Devoted to Drew 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 Marriage by Deception 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 amDo 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

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Nniversary of their battalion's return from Mozambiue Portugal's Vietnam ends in a fatal sta. Two years ago Lobo Antunes pissed people off by making the unarguable statement that by the time he was 40 about the age the 2001 crowd is now he had already published Fado Alexandrino one of the greatest novels of the 20th century and they had nothing of identical power to show for It s easier to prove 2 and 2 euals 5 than refuting that statement They re not even trying instant success and hyperbolic adulation has curbed their development Miguel Devoted to Drew years ago Lobo Antunes pissed people off by making the unarguable statement that by the time he was 40 about the age the 2001 crowd is now he had already published Fado Alexandrino one of the greatest novels of the 20th century and they had nothing of identical power to show for It s easier to prove 2 and 2 euals 5 than refuting that statement They re not even trying instant success and hyperbolic adulation has curbed their development Miguel


10 thoughts on “Fado Alexandrino

  1. says:

    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

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    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 António Lobo Antunes Fado Alexandrino is an alcohol fuelled crawl throu

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    Difficult dense dirty disturbing dazzling

  4. says:

    Everyone is familiar with the concept of a great american novel This book might be easily called “ a great Portuguese novel” It encompasses traumatic relatively recent past of the country including desperate bloody wars for african colonial possessions followed by the revolution against the dictatorship in 1974 and

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    Two years ago Lobo Antunes pissed people off by making the unarguable statement that by the time he was 40 about the age the 2001 crowd is no

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    Over the course of one long long night five

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    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 But worth it I thought Five men are having a reunion on the 10th anniversary of their return from Mozambiue having served in the Portugese army at the very end of the occupation of Mozambiue returning home just before the overthrow of the Portugese dictato

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    literature as tapestryDrowning in words that crash rumble streak past drip down through the cracks in the ceiling swell up from the pages and invade my brain stumble drop fall plunge from every page topple my usual sense of books I made it through FADO ALEXANDRINO to the very end sometimes wondering why I was subjecting myself to

  9. says:

    Not an easy read I found myself struggling to distinguish the characters locations and times because much of th

  10. says:

    The novel is about five Portuguese soldiers returning from the civil war which took place in Angola in the 70

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