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The Splendor of Portugal by António Lobo…

The Splendor of Portugal (1997)

by António Lobo Antunes

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La ironía del título frase tomada de una estrofa del himno nacional ya anuncia lo que será el desarrollo y el propósito de esta nueva novela de Lobo Antunes: mostrar el otro lado de ese "esplendo", desvelar sin paliativos la verdad a uno y otro lado del espectro político, a través de dos espacios narrativos alternantes, Luanda y Lisboa, de 1977 a 1995, a lo largo de 18 años de historia. ( )
  BibliotecaUNED | Jun 19, 2019 |
Un livre manifestement très construit, manifestement très travaillé, abordant de manière lyrique la chute d'une famille portugaise installée en Angola comme une métaphore de la décrépitude de tout un pays. Antunes maîtrise son art. C'est âpre et sans espoir, ça se veut haletant, tendu, mais William Faulkner est passé par là et a écrit beaucoup mieux, et bien avant. Lisez Absalon ! Absalon ! car l'original vaut mieux que la copie, fut-elle soignée. ( )
  R2F | Jan 26, 2014 |
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Antunes, António Loboprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eyre, MarianneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Toen ik zei dat ik mijn broer en zus had uitgenodigd om kerstavond bij ons te vieren
(we zaten in de keuken aan de middagpost en je zag de hijskranen en schepen achter de laatste daken van Ajuda)
schepte Lena mijn bord vol met rook, verdween in de rook en tijdens dat verdwijnen besloeg haar stem de ruiten voor die ook verdwenen
'Je hebt al vijftien jaar geen contact meer met ze'
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The Splendor of Portugal's four narrators are members of a once well-to-do family whose plantation was lost in the Angolan War of Independence; the matriarch of this unhappiest of clans and her three adult children speak in a nightmarish, remorseless gush to give us the details of their grotesque family life. Like a character out of Faulkner "s decayed south, the mother clings to the hope that her children will come back, save her from destitution, and restore the family "s imagined former glory. The children, for their part, haven "t seen each other in years, and in their isolation are tormented by feverish memories of Angola. The vitriol and self-hatred of the characters know no bounds, for they are at once victims and culprits, guilty of atrocities committed in the name of colonialism as well as the cruel humiliations and betrayals of their own kin. Antunes again proves that he is the foremost stylist of his generation, a fearless investigator into the worst excesses of the human animal.… (more)

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