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Antonio Lobo Antunes's sole ambition from the age of seven was to be a writer. Here, in The Fat Man and Infinity, "the heir to Conrad and Faulkner" (George Steiner) reflects on the fractured paradise of his childhood-the world of prim, hypocritical, class-riven Lisbon in midcentury. His Proust-like memoirs, written over thirty years in chronicle form, pass through the filter of an adult who has known war and pain, and bear witness to the people whom he loved and who have gone into the dark. Stunningly translated by Margaret Jull Costa, in prose that glides like poetry, this is a modern-day chronicle of Portugal's imperfect past and arresting present, seen through the eyes of a master fiction writer, one on a short list to win a Nobel Prize. Readers particularly touched by Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes will be drawn to this journey into the heart of one of our greatest living writers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393061987
ISBN-10: 0393061981
Format: Hardback
(218mm x 152mm x 33mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 27-Mar-2009
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Antonio Lobo Antunes

Antonio Lobo Antunes, born in 1942 in Benfica, is considered to be Portugal's greatest living writer. The author of more than twenty novels, including What Can I Do When Everything's On Fire?, he has won many awards and makes his home in Lisbon.

Books By Author Antonio Lobo Antunes

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The Land at the End of the World

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Splendor of Portugal by Antonio Lobo Antunes

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What Can I Do When Everything's on Fire? by Antonio Lobo Antunes

What Can I Do When Everything's on Fire?

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The Inquisitors' Manual

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