The Land at the End of the World

The Land at the End of the World

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
This new translation of what is considered to be the author's masterpiece tells the anguished tale of a Portuguese medic haunted by the memories of war after hellish tour of duty in Angola.

Norton Pub
One of the twentieth century's most original literary voices delivers a haunting and heartrending meditation on the absurdities of love and war.
Considered to be António Lobo Antunes's masterpiece, The Land at the End of the World--now in a new and fully restored translation by acclaimed translator Margaret Jull Costa--recounts the anguished tale of a Portuguese medic haunted by memories of war, who, like the Ancient Mariner, will tell his tale to anyone who listens. In the tradition of William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez, Lobo Antunes weaves words into an exhilarating tapestry, imbuing his prose with the grace and resonance of poetry. The narrator, freshly returned to Lisbon after his hellish tour of duty in Angola, confesses the traumas of his memory to a nameless lover. Their evening unfolds like a fever dream, as Lobo Antunes leaps deftly back and forth from descriptions of postdictatorship Portugal to the bizarre and brutal world of life on the front line. The result is both tragic and absurd, and belongs among the great war novels of the modern age.

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A Portuguese medic, returning to Lisbon after a tour of duty in Angola, is haunted by the memories of war and feels completely detached from the ordered world of his privileged youth.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2011
ISBN: 9780393077766
0393077764
Characteristics: 222 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull

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Jan 21, 2012

Not just another antiwar novel this is what you might expect from psychiatrist with a writers skills. In Angola the Portuguese found their Vietnam. Nobody there wanted this war but it had to happen to protect the interests of the investing class. It is hard not to think of Colonel Kurtz, the role played by Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now when reading this work by Antunes. If an aspiring writer wants to read a master of metaphor and analogy this work easily fills the bill.

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