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SUMMARY As naus By António Lobo Antunes ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Heroes of Portuguese explorations beached amid the detritus of the empire's collapse Or is it the modern colonials with their mixed race heritage and uneasy place in the fatherland who have somehow ended up in sixteenth century Lisbon As da Gama begins winning back ownership of Lisbon piece by piece in crooked card games four hundred years of Portuguese history mingle the caravels dock next to Irai oil tankers and the slave trade rubs shoulders with the duty free shops The Return of the Ca. You would have to know a lot about Portugal and its colonies than I do to give this novel by Ant nio Lobo Antunes the appreciation it deserves Imagine Lisbon here called Lixbon intermingling with the detritus of its former African colonies Angola Mozambiue Guinea Bissau and its famous figures from history Francis Xavier Diogo Cao Fernando Pessoa and forever changed by the experience of colonialismThe Return of the Caravels is a good title for this postmodernist melange The explorers ships have all returned to the banks of the Tagus with strange African diseases In a rich literary stew Lobo Antunes wields a giant wooden spoonOn Sunday mornings if the sun was shining the king Dom Manoel would blow his horn out on the street inside an ancient rusty Ford with a convertible top and the neighbor women half awake in their nightgowns would peep out at the monarch with his tinfoil crown on his head and wearing an overblouse with the sleeves rolled up waving at Vasco da Gama with his scepter ordering him to come down so they could be on their way along the Marginal to talk about the Orient with a crippled bouncing of springs enveloped in spirals of dark smoke from the engineIf it were anyone other than Gregory Rabassa translating the book I do not think it would have come out anywhere near as wellThis is one of those books you can t stop to look up facts You have to forge on ahead and see the rich variety of persons places and situations that Lobo Antunes throws at you In the end you don t know all the details but the salient facts are than evident

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SUMMARY As naus By António Lobo Antunes ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ravels is a startling and uncompromising look at one of Europe's great colonial powers and how the era of conuest reshaped not just Portugal but the world the voice of Nabokov by way of Cortazar Gogol by way of Dylan Jonathan Levi Los Angeles Times Book Review Antunes has empathy for the contradictions of human feeling He is a warm bloodied writer Michael Pye The New York Times Book Review Antunes deserves a wide audience of discerning readers Michael Mewshaw The Washington Post Book World. What century do you think we re living inthe taxi dropped us off beside the Tagus on a strip of sand called Bel m according to what could be read on the nearby train stop with a scale on one side and a urinal on the other and he caught sight of hundreds of people and teams of oxen that were bringing stone blocks for a huge building led by suires in scarlet habits indifferent to the taxis the vans with American divorc es and Spanish priests and the nearsighted Japanese who were taking pictures of everything chatting in their sharp beaked samurai tongueThis is from the first page of this extraordinary novel Much later in the book one character asks another What century do you think we re living in He might well ask because in this vision of the port of Lixbon as it is spelled here Irai oil tankers tie up next to fifteenth century caravels with admirals in lace cuffs leaning on the rail and seamen up on the masts preparing the sails for the open sea that smelled of nightmare and gardeniasI have read only one Lobo Antunes book before his The Land at the End of the World a sanitized version of its obscene Portuguese title That was a uasi autobiographical novel about his posting as a young doctor to Angola in the early 1970s his witnessing of atrocities committed by his countrymen in a futile attempt to stem the war for independence and his utter desolation when he returned home The present novel written a decade later is also about the return of disillusioned colonists from Angola Guinea Bissau Mozambiue and Goa following the collapse of Portugal s colonial empire Lobo Antunes original title translates simply as The Ships but translator Gregory Rabassa s version The Return of the Caravels is brilliant as is his coruscating response to the mingled color and sualor in the author s writing throughoutWhy Because it puts its finger on the genius of Lobo Antunes concept to treat the return of these degraded twentieth century colonists as though it were the homecoming of those great explorers of the Age of Discovery who first opened up these countries in the fifteenth century The aged disease ridden expatriates who barter everything for a cheap plane ticket home bear noble names such as Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan But when they return they find themselves forced to take rooms in bars and bordellos while earning a few pennies as card sharps or selling their mulatto wives as whores Lobo Antunes writing is dazzling jumping even in the course of a sentence between centuries from glitter to pollution from third to first person points of view It is often funny as in the description of an effete Portuguese King knifed in a drug dealing neighborhood in Morocco for robbing an English fairy named Oscar Wilde of a bag of pot But make no mistake this is a novel written in white hot anger at the colonial assumptions that have soiled an entire nation and the atrocities that the author has seen at first handFive stars It s tempting Lobo Antunes power of sustaining this surreal nightmare at such intensity for 200 some pages and to harness it to such a cause is utterly amazing I can see why many thought that if a Nobel Prize was to go to a Portuguese writer it should have been to him not Jos Saramago But as a reading experience I could not go so high There is no plot no characters to whom one can easily relate no movement towards a conclusion other than the further curdling of contrasts into a pustulent outbreak of baroue boils Towards the end I had the curious sensation of reading in a waking dream where the author s language merged with my own nightmare imagination with no distinction between them I am glad to have read this masterpiece certainly But I am even glad to have finished The Photographers Quick Guide to Photoshop Cs6 uncompromising look at one of Europe's great colonial powers and how the era of conuest reshaped not just Portugal but the world the voice of Nabokov by way of Cortazar Gogol by way of Dylan Jonathan Levi Los Angeles Times Book Review Antunes has empathy for the contradictions of human feeling He is a warm bloodied writer Michael Pye The New York Times Book Review Antunes deserves a wide audience of discerning readers Michael Mewshaw The Washington Post Book World. What century do you think we re living inthe taxi dropped Petals Drifting urinal on the other and he caught sight of hundreds of people and teams of oxen that were bringing stone blocks for a huge building led by suires in scarlet habits indifferent to the taxis the vans with American divorc es and Spanish priests and the nearsighted Japanese who were taking pictures of everything chatting in their sharp beaked samurai tongueThis is from the first page of this extraordinary novel Much later in the book one character asks another What century do you think we re living in He might well ask because in this vision of the port of Lixbon as it is spelled here Irai oil tankers tie uyền Sư up next to fifteenth century caravels with admirals in lace cuffs leaning on the rail and seamen An Introduction to the Old Testament Prophetic Books up on the masts preparing the sails for the open sea that smelled of nightmare and gardeniasI have read only one Lobo Antunes book before his The Land at the End of the World a sanitized version of its obscene Portuguese title That was a Kate Douglas uasi autobiographical novel about his posting as a young doctor to Angola in the early 1970s his witnessing of atrocities committed by his countrymen in a futile attempt to stem the war for independence and his Selected Poems up these countries in the fifteenth century The aged disease ridden expatriates who barter everything for a cheap plane ticket home bear noble names such as Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan But when they return they find themselves forced to take rooms in bars and bordellos while earning a few pennies as card sharps or selling their mulatto wives as whores Lobo Antunes writing is dazzling jumping even in the course of a sentence between centuries from glitter to pollution from third to first person points of view It is often funny as in the description of an effete Portuguese King knifed in a drug dealing neighborhood in Morocco for robbing an English fairy named Oscar Wilde of a bag of pot But make no mistake this is a novel written in white hot anger at the colonial assumptions that have soiled an entire nation and the atrocities that the author has seen at first handFive stars It s tempting Lobo Antunes power of sustaining this surreal nightmare at such intensity for 200 some pages and to harness it to such a cause is

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SUMMARY As naus By António Lobo Antunes ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Called hallucinatory and lyrical Publishers Weekly The Return of the Caravels selected as a New York times Summer Reading title is a powerful indictment of Portuguese colonialism and another literary tour de force from the pen of Antonio Lobo Antunes the greatest living Portuguese writer Vogue It is set in Lisbon as Portugal's African colonies gain their independence in the mid 1970s In a contemporary response to Camoes's conuest epic 'The Lusiads' Antunes imagines Vasco da Gama and other. Another devastating book by Ant nio Lobo AntunesAnt nio Lobo Antunes is brilliant Absolutely brilliant With Return of the Caravels he has written a novel as an exercise in anachronism and he has done so in his usual chaotic life denyinglife confirming voice I am astounded by the very fact that it occurred to Lobo Antunes to even write this book I will not try to replay the book I shall simply lay out some of the themes and characters There is far too much going on here for me to attempt to do Let us begin with a character named Lu s He is a refugee from one of the collapsed Portuguese colonies in Africa It is the 1970s and Portuguese colonists and their descendants are escaping the mess they are leaving behind Lu s is bringing with him in the ship his father s corpse in a coffin for burial in Portugal His father was arbitrarily shot shortly before the voyage Upon landing in Lisbon Lu s sits upon his father s coffin on the dock awaiting the later delivery of his furniture It never comes Finally the dock officials become suspicious and look into to the coffin where they encounter a stinking unsightly mess They give Lu s a sack to better transport his father and send him on his way to find a cemetery While wandering aimlessly looking for an appropriate grave Lu s rests at an outdoor restaurant his father tucked in beside him Left alone he picks up the waiter s pen and pad He begins to write of his travels in eight verse stanzas And slowly not too slowly though just enough to create a small flash this reader s mind was enlightened The man Lu s is none other than Lu s de Cam es creator of The Lusiads Portugal s great 16th century poem of discovery And Luis is not alone from Portugal s golden age of exploration Travelling with him on the ship was a card shark who we soon discover to be Vasco da Gama great sea captain and explorer Da Gama uickly sets about trying to win back Portugal one piece at a time from the post revolutionary socialist government of modern Portugal Ostensibly he is doing so to help his friend Dom Manoel Portugal s king who sent his sailors out on the oceans to establish the empire Unfortunately the two are picked up and incarcerated in an asylum despite the protests of the King that all of this crap belongs to meAnd this is where the brilliance of the book becomes evident Lobo Antunes has brought together the beginnings and turns of the Portuguese empire The glorious dreams of the beginning are crossed with the rotting remains as they wash up in modern Portugal As Lobo Antunes makes clear in most of his books those dreams of empire could only lead to racism oppression corruption and collapse for both those who were colonized and those who did the colonizing While we encounter 16th century caravels in Lisbon s harbour side by side with Saudi oil tankers we meet many other luminaries of the golden age Fern o Mendes Pintos Manoel de Sousa Sep lveda Indies and Diogo C o My favourite is the early pharmacologist Garcia de Orta who takes de Cam es into his home in exchange for the contents of the sack Lu s s father henceforth becomes fertilizer for de Orta s many plants that he grows for the production of medicines De Orta also has a wife and many children as well as living with his ailing father in law Eventually the aggressive of the plants gobble up the old man and the children while the silent wife wanders off The book is both delightful and a lesson in the horrors of history Portugal was doomed by its own success its dreams of wealth washed up on its shores as so much flotsam Beware America I would recommend this book to anyone who has a degree in Portuguese history or the patience to research on Wikipedia No big deal really Buy the book and warm up Google It is well worth the effort Brilliant


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    [PDF] As naus By António Lobo Antunes REVIEW Å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ António Lobo Antunes António Lobo Antunes ☆ 6 SUMMARY When I begun reading this novel I had little knowledge of Portuguese history beyond the fact that it had once been one of the great colonial empires of Europe I soon realised that I had better educate myself at lea

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    READ As naus By António Lobo Antunes António Lobo Antunes ☆ 6 SUMMARY [PDF] As naus By António Lobo Antunes It is compared to Cortazar Gogol Maruez etc None of those comparison stands in my opinion If anything it reminded me Celine And later i learned that Antunes is aspired by Celine and it shines through this book The difference is I found Celine too detached This is much warmer but with the same sense of atmosphereIt is surreal and hyperreal at the same time Imagine all the heroes of the era of great discoveries 15th century are coming back to

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    [PDF] As naus By António Lobo Antunes READ As naus By António Lobo Antunes You would have to know a lot about Portugal and its colonies than I do to give this novel by António Lobo Antunes the appreciation it deserves Imagine Lisbon here called Lixbon intermingling with the detritus of its former African colonies Angola Mozambiue Guinea Bissau and its famous figures from history Francis Xavier Diogo Cao Fernando Pessoa and forever changed by the experience of colonialismThe Return o

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    READ As naus By António Lobo Antunes [PDF] As naus By António Lobo Antunes REVIEW Å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ António Lobo Antunes What century do you think we're living in?the taxi dropped us off beside the Tagus on a strip of sand called Belém according to what could be read on the nearby train stop with a scale on one side and a urinal on the other and he caught sig

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    [PDF] As naus By António Lobo Antunes Don't know if I can say that I liked this book There are certainly many many attractive turns of phrase In fact most of the book felt like an extended exercise in interesting word choice to made a vision of a wild and mad post colonial Portugal His descriptions are fantastic but if there is a narrative it is completely hid

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    [PDF] As naus By António Lobo Antunes Certainly a must for anyone who loves Portugal The soul of Portugal is what the author understands very well and he renders it very well in this novel where the country's past and present meet and mingle heroes of Portuguese history explorers navigators kings writers return and wander through the streets of moder

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    [PDF] As naus By António Lobo Antunes This historical novel from Portugal was written by one of the country's most important contemporary authors It's a difficult read with many aspects of surrealism and magical realism but through and through Portuguese The colonial history from its beginning in the sixteenth century until its end in 1974 is merged into this short novel revolving around a good dozen of characters beyond the boundaries of time among them impressive figures l

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  • Paperback
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  • As naus By António Lobo Antunes
  • António Lobo Antunes
  • English
  • 13 June 2020
  • 9780802139559