What Can I Do When Everything's on Fire?
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What Can I Do When Everything's on Fire? by Antonio Lobo Antunes
Book DescriptionThe razor-thin line between reality and madness is transgressed in this Faulknerian masterpiece, Antonio Lobo Antunes's first novel to appear in English in five years. What Can I Do When Everything's On Fire?, set in the steamy world of Lisbon's demimonde-a nightclub milieu of scorching intensity and kaleidoscopic beauty, a baleful planet populated by drag queens, clowns, and drug addicts-is narrated by Paolo, the son of Lisbon's most legendary transvestite, who searches for his own identity as he recalls the harrowing death of his father, Carlos; the life of Carlos's lover, Rui, a heroin addict and suicide; as well as the other denizens of this hallucinatory world. Psychologically penetrating, pregnant with literary symbolism, and deeply sympathetic in its depiction of society's dregs, Lobo Antunes's novel ventriloquizes the voices of the damned in a poetic masterwork that recalls Joyce's Ulysses with a dizzying farrago of urban images few readers will forget.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393329483
(208mm x 142mm x 30mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 16-Sep-2008
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.
Inquisitors' Manual, Paperback / softback (April 2004)» View all books by Antonio Lobo Antunes
An international best-seller and the novel that established Antunes's reputation in Europe, "The Inquisitors' Manual" is a rewarding and stunning piece of art that shows the damage tyranny does to each layer of society.
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Author Biography - Antonio Lobo Antunes
Antonio Lobo Antunes, born in 1942, is the author of novels including What Can I Do When Everything's On Fire? and Act of the Damned. He lives in Lisbon, Portugal. Gregory Rabassa (1922-2016) was the recipient of multiple prizes including a lifetime achievement award from the PEN American Center for contributions to Hispanic literature and a National Medal of Arts. He was the translator of One Hundred Years of Solitude, among other classic works.
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