The Fat Man And Infinity: And Other Writings by Antunes, Antonio LoboThe Fat Man And Infinity: And Other Writings by Antunes, Antonio Lobo

The Fat Man And Infinity: And Other Writings

byAntunes, Antonio LoboTranslated byMargaret J Costa

Hardcover | January 27, 2009

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António 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.
António 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.
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Title:The Fat Man And Infinity: And Other WritingsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1.14 inPublished:January 27, 2009Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393061981

ISBN - 13:9780393061987

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The personal essays and reminiscences of António Lobo Antunes, happily gathered here, provide not only glimpses into Portuguese life but also passages that lead to the heart of experience itself. His descriptive quickness and his genius for metaphor cause the line between prose and poetry to vanish before our astonished eyes. — Billy CollinsLobo Antunes’ sketches are alive with the poetry of the everyday, and tinged with the gentlest of self-mockery. — J M Coetzee