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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View all 6 comments. Just before the uprising, the Second Lieutenant had an affair with a woman named Ilda, who got pregnant.

War, we all know, is hell, but the peace for the four veterans of noted Portuguese novelist Antunes’ latest South of Nowhere, may be worse.

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 apexandrino throughout the book.

Fado Alexandrino

A fascinating rather beautiful book. The three parts of the novel are structured around the Revolution. She recounts how her father was murdered when she was young. He returned from Brazil to Lisbon and took up with a midget.


Talk of killing him emerges among the drunken men. There’s a soldier, become a furniture mover for his uncle’s tottering business. He continues to court Odete even as he provided sex for money to the old painter and others. As the evening progresses, they move on to a nightclub. Dec 07, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 13, Chad Post rated it really liked it. Four members of the same battalion meet at a restaurant to commemorate the tenth anniversary of their return to Lisbon.


As the insurrection is spearheaded by military officers, each character has to make a crucial choice on whether to join, resist, or flee when the uprising occurs. Maar de samenstelling klopte niet. Daniel Martins rated it liked it Aug 12, It was published in Portuguese in and in English translation by Gregory Rabassa in Lists with This Book.

Frequently, the character who forms the focus of a particular chapter will begin speaking to the Captain in the present and in the first person, and then his story will switch alexandrno the third person as some experience in the past is narrated.

En het over de regen gaatdit kan tof zijn. The five characters have gathered at a restaurant and are recounting their lives ten years after their return home from Mozambique in I didn’t enjoy it as fully as I did his The Land at the End of the World, which I would say is his masterpiece, and I even skipped a few chapters near the end of the book, but if you like this author, it’s Not an easy book to read but worth the time and energy spent.


It helps to know at least fdao little of midth Century Portugese history. In Part One images and incidents from the war creep into the narrative with some regularity, suggesting that the soldiers have not yet put the war behind them.

Aug 19, Tej rated it it was ok. Zo ging heel het boek door. May 26, Philip Lane rated it really liked it. He recalls bargaining to buy a young girl in Mozambique who has one miscarriage and one successful ffado.

Fado Alexandrino by António Lobo Antunes

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. Oct 02, Robert Hyman rated it vado it. The Lieutenant Colonel married Edite and was promoted to general and director of a military academy.

Oct 12, Daniel Pinto rated it really liked it.

Lobo Antunes changes direction on pages, in paragraphs, and even in sentencessome of which are extremely long. Coltrane rated it it was amazing Aug 17,