The Return of the Caravels
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Return of the Caravels by Antonio Lobo Antunes
Book DescriptionCalled "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 conquest epic The Lusiads, Antunes imagines Vasco da Gama and other 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 Iraqi oil tankers, and the slave trade rubs shoulders with the duty-free shops. The Return of the Caravels is a startling and uncompromising look at one of Europe's great colonial powers, and how the era of conquest 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
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780802139559
Paperback / softback
(210mm x 140mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
Publish Date: 6-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Antonio Lobo Antunes
Land at the End of the World, Paperback (July 2012)
"Brilliant ... harrowing... Packs the impact of an exploding mortar shell."-Kai Maristed, Los Angeles Times
Splendor of Portugal, Paperback (October 2011)
"Originally published in Portuguese as O Esplendor de Portugal by Publicacoes Dom Quixote, 1997."
Fat Man and Infinity, Hardback (March 2009)
A lyrical, searing work of autobiography, reflection, and fiction, evoking Garcia Marquez's memoirs and Pamuk's Istanbul.
What Can I Do When Everything's on Fire?, Paperback (September 2008)» View all books by Antonio Lobo Antunes
A soaring, symphonic epic by the Portuguese master novelist, considered to be the "heir to Conrad and Faulkner" (George Steiner).
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