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~KINDLE ♿ Teoria Geral do Esquecimento ♪ Luanda, , V Spera Da Independ Ncia Uma Mulher Portuguesa, Aterrorizada Com A Evolu O Dos Acontecimentos, Ergue Uma Parede Separando O Seu Apartamento Do Restante Edif Cio Do Resto Do Mundo Durante Quase Trinta Anos Sobreviver A Custo, Como Uma N Ufraga Numa Ilha Deserta, Vendo, Em Redor, Luanda Crescer, Exultar, Sofrer Teoria Geral Do Esquecimento Um Romance Sobre O Medo Do Outro, O Absurdo Do Racismo E Da Xenofobia, Sobre O Amor E A Reden O
What a fabulous book Why isn t this book all over social media Why isn t everyone talking about this book I loved it to bits This book is nothing like anything I have read before I cannot think of any other books that I can compare it with Review to follow But pick up a copy already. Ludo is agoraphobic, even back in Europe she was afraid of sky Even at age of seven she would carry a umbrella to school, no matter what the weather And so, when she finds herself alone in a continent of vast skies she doesn t know in a time of chaos Angola s independence she bricks herself into her flat and lives alone except for company of her dog who later dies and books living like a cast out on birds and animals, in a small unviable hole that the world around her is oblivious of She sits in there suffering needlessly looking out with a fear that has become a habitual illusion The writing, as far as her life is concerned, is beautiful both the third person and first person partsMy weakness, my vanishing eyesight, it means I stumble over letters as I read I read pages I ve read so many times before, but they re different now I get things wrong, as I read, and in those mistakes, sometimes, I find incredible things that are right If I still had the space, charcoal, and available walls,I could compose a great work about forgetting a general theory of oblivion I talk to myself, believing that I m talking to the sweet soul of a dog In any case, these conversations do me good She felt, as she went on burning those books, after having burned all the furniture, the doors, the wooden floor tiles, that she was losing her freedom It was as though she was incinerating the whole planet When she burned Jorge Amado she stopped being able to visit Ilh us and S o Salvador Burning Ulysses, by Joyce, she had lost Dublin Getting rid of Three Trapped Tigers, she had incinerated old HavanaShe did come out towards the end pulled by cares of an orphan boy and discovers, as the people coming out of closet often do, that life isn t really that scary and beauty is worth the scars.It was first written as a movie script and that might be possible flaw here Ludo s life touches lives of a few characters While chapters on these side characters draw picture of lives of Portuguese settles post independence, the period of communism and afterwards and have some pretty great writing to themselves, to me they were just annoying distraction from chapters on Ludo s life which are ironically much shorter and yetpowerful Also Portuguese settlers is the word, there are comparatively few Afro characters in the story. Update 2017 06 22Jos Eduardo Agualusa venceu International DUBLIN Literary Award 2017 com um pr mio monet rio de 100.000 75.000 para o escritor e 25.000 para Daniel Hahn o tradutor grupo de mulheres mucubais a dan ar Angola Albano Neves e Sousa PintorJos Eduardo Agualusa um dos 6 finalistas shortlist do pr mio liter rio Man Booker International Prize 2016 com o livro Teoria Geral do Esquecimento A General Theory Of Oblivion Teoria Geral do Esquecimento 2012 um romance do escritor angolano Jos Eduardo Agualusa n 1960 Na Nota Pr via o escritor refere Ludovica Fernandes Mano faleceu em Luanda, na cl nica Sagrada Esperan a, s primeiras horas do dia 5 de Outubro de 2010 Contava oitenta e cinco anos Sabalu Estev o Capitango ofereceu me c pias de dez cadernos nos quais Ludo foi escrevendo o seu di rio, durante os primeiros anos, dos vinte e oito anos em que se manteve enclausurada Os di rios, poemas e reflex es de Ludo ajudaram me a reconstruir o drama que viveu Ajudaram me, creio, a compreend la Nas p ginas que se seguem aproveito muitos dos testemunhos dela O que v o ler, contudo, fic o Pura fic o P g 9 Estamos em Luanda, Angola em 1975, v spera da Independ ncia, quando na metr pole a revolu o no dia 25 de Abril de 1974 derrubou a ditadura salazarista, promovendo o fim da guerra colonial Teoria Geral do Esquecimento come a com a hist ria de Ludovica Fernandes Mano, Ludo, uma mulher portuguesa de Aveiro que vive com a sua irm e o seu cunhado, Orlando um engenheiro de minas angolano, num apartamento imenso, no ltimo andar de um dos pr dios mais luxuosos de Luanda O chamado Pr dio dos Invejados P g 14 , com uma biblioteca valiosa, milhares de t tulos, em portugu s, franc s, espanhol, ingl s e alem o, entre os quais quase todos os grandes cl ssicos da literatura universal P g 14 Uma s rie de acontecimentos inesperados e surpreendentes, aterrorizam de tal maneira Ludo, que ela desesperada acaba por erguer uma parede, separando o seu apartamento do resto do edif cio e do resto do Mundo , sobrevivendo inicialmente sozinha, durante cerca de vinte e oito anos, na companhia do seu c o, um pastor alem o albino, o Fantasma cultivando hortali as e atraindo matando pombos, queimando os m veis e os preciosos livros da sua magn fica biblioteca a que se junta mais tarde um jovem assaltante de apenas sete anos, Sabalu Estev o Capitango.O romance composto por trinta e seis cap tulos, curtos, fragmentos de hist rias aut nomas que se v o entrela ando, avan ando e recuando no tempo, englobando alguns excertos do di rio de Ludo uma personagem verdadeiramente memor vel, inesquec vel e misteriosa, pragm tica e c mica, engenhosa e astuta numa viagem introspectiva e reflexiva sobre os sentimentos, sobre a vida e sobre as mem rias do passado e do presente.As personagens secund rias o Jeremias Carrasco, a Madalena, o Pequeno Soba, um ex prisioneiro pol tico e, mais tarde, empres rio de sucesso, o jornalista, Daniel Benchimol, o detective particular Magno Moreira Monte, entre muitos outros s o verdadeiramente inesquec veis.H uma sequ ncia subtrama absolutamente inolvid vel um pombo correio com uma mensagem Amanh Seis horas, lugar habitual Muito cuidado Amo te o milho as pedras Pequeno Soba n o compreendeu logo o que acontecera No meu desentendimento acreditei que fora Deus a dar me as pedras Achei at que fora Deus quem escrevera a mensagem para mim P g 67 A escrita de Jos Eduardo Agualusa excelente, inventiva e ir nica, deliciosa , conjugando admiravelmente a realidade s cio pol tica angolana, com um suspense permanente que nos mant m sempre na expectativa, destacando se um excelente enquadramento hist rico pleno de simbolismo No final de Teoria Geral do Esquecimento Jos Eduardo Agualusa menciona que a g nese desde romance surgiu como um desafio para escrever um roteiro para uma longa metragem de fic o a filmar em Angola O filme ficou pelo caminho felizmente, que Jos Eduardo Agualusa escreveu o romance Teoria Geral do Esquecimento Teoria Geral do Esquecimento um romance imprescind velJos Eduardo Agualusa n 1960 Estudou agronomia e silvicultura no Instituto Superior de Agronomia da Universidade T cnica de Lisboa Na parede da sala de visitas estava pendurada uma aguarela representando um grupo de mucubais a dan ar Ludo conhecera o artista, Albano Neves e Sousa, um tipo brincalh o, divertido, velho amigo do cunhado Ao princ pio, odiou o quadro Via nele um resumo de tudo que a horrorizava em Angola Selvagens celebrando algo uma alegria, um aug rio feliz que lhe era alheio Depois, pouco a pouco, ao longo dos compridos meses de sil ncio e solid o, come ou a ganhar afeto por aquelas figuras que se moviam, em redor de uma fogueira, como se a vida merecesse tanta eleg ncia.Queimou as mob lias, queimou milhares de livros, queimou todas as telas Foi s quando se viu desesperada que retirou os mucubais da parede Ia para arrancar o prego, apenas por uma quest o de est tica, porque lhe parecia mal ali, sem serventia, quando lhe ocorreu que talvez aquilo, aquele peda o de metal, segurasse a parede Talvez sustentasse todo o edif cio Quem sabe, arrancando o prego da parede, ru sse a cidade inteira.N o arrancou o prego P g 127 A General Theory of Oblivion relates the story of Ludo, who at the beginning of Angola s civil unrest, literally barricades herself into her apartment by building a wall and stays there for 30 years As well as her survival story, told partly through her journal entries, we also get vignettes of other players in the war These are told in a factual way, similar to news reports By the end, we can see how the strands weave together No ambiguity here what a relief, after reading The Many prior to this The writing is poetic and lyrical, but also manages to be concise The book has the feel of a fable, with symbolic animals and portents, but doesn t feel too unrealistic either The balance is perfect.I very, very rarely re read books, but this one made me want to go back to the beginning and start again Yes, I loved it that much Highly recommended. Agualusa has written a fictionalized account based on the true story of Ludovica Fernandes Mano, a Portuguese woman who barricaded herself in an Angolan apartment from 1975 Angolan independence to 2003 Angolan civil war She is limited to what she has access to, starting with her own food stores and then the fruit from the terrace, pigeons, and burning books for fire I was reading this for my Africa 2016 project, so was a bit disappointed that 1 the main character was Portuguese with very little connection to Angola and 2 so much of the novel took place inside the apartment There are bits and pieces of what is going on in the outside, and the reader actually knows a bitthan Ludo does Still, I enjoyed it The story is interspersed with Ludo s writings, imagined of course, but it helps to seeof her internal view Everything s always disappearing in this country Perhaps the whole country is in the process of disappearing, a village here, a village there, by the time we notice there ll be nothing left at all This comes from Archipelago Press, who does important work in bringing translated works to English language readers This is the fifth book I have read this year from them This novel was also shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize, which was awarded to The Vegetarian by Han Kang Both highlight the lives of women who are living in isolation through intentional moves in their lives, but in one novel the life is physically solitary Agualusa and the other it is psychological Kang An interesting parallel just the same. I missed this one when it was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize back in 2016, so thanks to the 21st Century Literature group for selecting it for a group read this month.This was my fourth Agualusa book and probably the most enjoyable the rest were all 9 or 10 years ago and are not fresh in the memory, but the poetry, a little surrealism and the fresh perspectives on life in Angola during the conflicts before and after independence are common to all of them.The heart of this one is the story of Ludovica, a Prtuguese woman who moved to Angola with her sister and her Angolan brother in law, living in their spacious apartment with a roof garden in Luanda When they disappear during the upheavals that led to Angolan independence, Ludo walls herself into the apartment with only a dog for company and survives there into old age.Her story is told in a mixture of prose and a little poetry, and is interspersed with various seemingly unrelated stories of others caught up in the conflicts, which all converge in an entertaining scene in which most of them meet towards the end of the book Ludo is redeemed by her relationship with a young street boy who has managed to climb in using scaffolding on a neighbouring building.The book is shorter than the page count would suggest as there are plenty of short chapters and blank pages, but I suspect that anything longer might have worked less well. I couldn t put it down at all It has been a while since I read a perfect book that made me fall in love with it from the very first pages It tells the story of a woman who shuts herself in her house for 30 years, while living the war in Angola I won t saybecause it contains some revelations throughout its pages or else I will ruin it It is written really beautifully that one can t but fall in love with it and be affected while reading it I totally recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good engrossing read. This book has been on my radar for a while but when it won the 2017 International Dublin Literary Prize, I needed to get it Winning the prize helped because it actually was in available my local bookstore and no need to order it a first for these kinds of books.I devoured this book in two sittings It is a truly amazing work of literature I have been reading Portuguese writers over that past year, spurred on by recommendations on GR Their writers shine although not well known over in Canada.After finishing The Splendour of Portugal by Ant nio Lobo Antunes, A General Theory of Oblivion is a natural fit Both books retell stories from the Angolan War in the 1970s Splendour focuses on the war s aftermath with a family, while Oblivion tells the story of a woman who spent 28 years holed up in her apartment At first glance, one would think, how can this be interesting Agualusa points out that his book is fiction, based on her letters How much is true is openly irrelevant Agualusa s story telling ability is remarkable It s very sparsely told and yet as you read on, stories intersect and everything is explained And what is explained is very telling, poetic and troubling In fact it is like a remarkable dinner When you are done, you feel very satisfied This book is meant to be devoured.There is definitely something happening in Portuguese literature It is very good Or is that muito bom If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Literature Without Balls A General Theory of Oblivion by Jos Eduardo Agualusa, Daniel Hahn translator Published 2015 English Edition , published 2012 Portuguese Edition If I had the space, the charcoal, and available walls, I could compose a great work about forgetting a general theory of oblivion I read this in the original Portuguese when it came out in 2012 And as soon as I got the English edition, I just had to re read it, not because the book is a masterpiece far from it , but because I was curious to know how Daniel Hahn had been able to render the Portuguese into English And so on with the task of reading both editions in parallel When I got to the 3rd chapter, something jarred my reading of the English edition I ll transcribe the text from the Portuguese edition first Monte regressou ao carro Os soldados empurraram os portugueses at ao muro Afastaram se alguns metros Um deles tirou uma pistola da cintura e, num gesto quase distra do, quase de enfado, apontou a e disparou tr s vezes Jeremias Carrasco ficou estendido de costas Viu aves a voarem no c u alto Reparou numa inscri o, a tinta vermelha, no muro manchado de sangue, picado de balas O luto continua If you re interested in literature in translation and the above text does not make you uncomfortable, read on.