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9788439735885

De la naturaleza de los dioses/ Of the Nature of the Gods

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  • ISBN13:

    9788439735885

  • ISBN10:

    843973588X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-03-23
  • Publisher: Literatura Random House

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Summary

El lenguaje sagaz y el manejo exquisito de la memoria de António Lobo Antunes nos sumergen dentro de los dilemas morales que la corrupción y el poder conllevan en la polifónica De la naturaleza de los dioses.

Fátima, una modesta librera de Cascais, conoce una anciana a la que entrega libros en su mansión cerca del mar. Pero lo que la mujer busca no son lecturas, sino un interlocutor a su narración. Fátima se convierte, contra todo pronóstico, en su confidente. El discurso desesperado y urgente de la anciana, construido sobre palabras que reconoce huecas, dibuja el relato de la ascensión económica de su padre y de las consecuencias que su figura tuvo en todos los que vivieron su imperio y su poder. La misma mansión que acoge el eco de esos recuerdos fue el escenario fastuoso de la lenta ruina económica de la familia, una ruina que se conjuga con la que la vejez causa en el cuerpo y que empapa de melancolía y humanidad las distintas voces de esta novela.

Lobo Antunes, uno de los más grandes narradores de la lengua portuguesa, indaga en el poder y en la pérdida de significado de palabras manidas por su uso: amor y pasión no significan amor y pasión. El lenguaje aparece roto, estropeado, y abandona a los personajes a una existencia afásica.

ENGLISH DESCRIPTION

António Lobo Antunes' shrewd language and exquisite handling of memory plunge us into the moral dilemmas that corruption and power entail in the polyphonic nature of the gods.
 
Fatima, a modest Cascais bookseller, meets an old woman to whom she delivers books in her mansion by the sea. But, what the woman is looking for isn't reading material, but rather a conversation partner for her stories. Fatima turns into, against all odds, her confidant. The desperate and urgent speech of the old woman, built on words that she recognizes hollow, paints the picture of her father's economic ascension and the consequences that his figure had on everyone who lived through his rule and power. The same mansion that embraces the eco of these memories was the lavish scene of the family's slow economic ruin, a ruin that mixes with what old age does to the body and that soaks in melancholy and humanity the distinct voices in this novel.
 
Lobo Antunes, one of the greatest narrators of the Portuguese language, investigates the power and loss of the meaning of words made trite with their use: love and passion don't mean love and passion. Language appears broken, ruined, and abandons the characters to an aphasic world.
 

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