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‘Ingenious, consistently taut and witty’ TLS ‘Humorous and quizzical, with a light touch on weighty themes, the narrative darts about with lizard-like colour and velocity’ Independent ‘Strange, elliptical, charming’ Guardian ‘A poetic, beguiling meditation on truth and storytelling . . . from the dreamscapes of magical realism to a gripping political thriller and even a murder mystery’ New Internationalist Set in contemporary Angola, this novel is populated with characters whose victories never quite settle. Like any one of us, they can forget things that have happened to them, and remember things that never did. Theirs is a world where the truth seems to shift from moment to moment, where history itself is up for grabs.
In Agualusa’s brilliant debut novel, his slippery narrator takes us on a vivid and enthralling journey across the shifting landscape of memory and history, and – from his unique perspective – reveals a breathtaking love story too.
WINNER OF THE INDEPENDENT FOREIGN FICTION PRIZE
‘A work of fierce originality’ Independent ‘Without doubt one of the most important Portuguese-language writers of his generation’ ANTÓNIO LOBO ANTUNES
‘Cross J. M. Coetzee with Gabriel García Márquez and you’ve got José Eduardo Agualusa’ ALAN KAUFMAN
Translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn
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