(PDF KINDLE) [O Esplendor de Portugal] Ó António Lobo Antunes

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READ Â O Esplendor de Portugal Of Faulkner’s decayed south the mother clings to the hope thather children will come back save her from destitution and restore the family’s imagined former glory The children for their part haven’t seen each other in years and in their isolation are tormented by feverish memories of Angola The vitriol and self hatred of th. First let me confess I read this in English Even so it was heavy going Lobo Antunes clearly does not believe in giving the reader meaning on a plate Instead he gives you buelele a lot of stream of consciousness leaving you to work out whose consciousness he is streaming He has also made heavy use of copy and paste so much so that the continual repetition becomes soporificI d never have believed that such a highly regarded writer could produce a novel set in Angola and Portugal and make it boring It s long too On the plus side he does a splendid myth busting hatchet job on colonialism and its aftermath The title of course is ironic Revolutionary path job on colonialism and its aftermath The title of course is ironic

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READ Â O Esplendor de Portugal E characters know no bounds for they are at once victims and culprits guilty of atrocities committed in the name of colonialism as well as the cruel humiliations and betrayals of their own kin Antunes again proves that he is the foremost stylist of his generation a fearless investigator into the worst excesses of the human animal. I must confess I m reading the English version of this Even so I find it heavy going

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READ Â O Esplendor de Portugal The Splendor of Portugal’s four narrators are members of a once well to do family whose plantation was lost in the Angolan War of Independence; the matriarch of this unhappiest of clans and her three adult children speak in a nightmarish remorseless gush to give us the details of their grotesue family life Like a character out. I seem to be on a theme recently A while back I wrote a review of Coetzee s Waiting for the Barbarians The theme there is basically the horror of empire and its need for a them to dominate to fight to fear Ant nio Lobo Antunes has presented a similar theme in The Splendor of Portugal This is not his only book to deal with this theme but I cannot imagine how he could do it better Put simply Lobo Antunes wants his readers to know the absolute horror and misery generated by empire and colonialism Whereas Coetzee gives us a short succinct allegory that teaches us through reference and notion Lobo Antunes drags us through the blood and the gore He takes into the depths of hurt created by racism and cruelty two of humanity s most pervasive creations Homo sapient be damned We are Homo crudelis What other species could come up with such a stupid idea as race Here we are in colonial and post colonial Angola through good times and bad We have a family with a son Carlos who is a mulatto mestizo m tis half breed Nobody really talks to him about it just about him Mostly he thinks he s white but importantly he s not He needs to suffer for it It s an embarrassment to the family to keep him here in the house Isilda only God can know how embarrassed I am That s his maternal grandmother talking He is his father s bastard another of those words by a black woman His adoptive mother bought him from her Oh Wait That s wrong He s his mother s Iselda s son His alcoholic father just goes along with the pretence There s another son Rui who s epileptic unable to care for himself and from early childhood is sadistic He has a pellet gun with which he torments animals and blacks I m not uite sure who his father is You re not Carlos s father or Rui s either are you Dad my father because Carlos s father is a black man and Rui s was that policeman from Malanje This is the daughter Clarisse speaking who takes after her mother except she gets an abortion I m your whore aren t I you can admit it I won t get angry your lover out in the workers uarters you don t have to humor me worry about me act loving toward me when I found that lump in my breast And so on But her paternity is in doubt too I m just not sure She pretty well sums up the family I don t know if I like my family I don t know if I like anyone at all I don t know if I like myselfAnd then we have the servants blacks of course There are many but I shall discuss two Jos lia and Maria da Boa Morte The two who despite being abused and unappreciated were willing to sacrifice themselves for their mistress Iselda as the civil war closed in on them and took everything they ever had however little it had been Jos lia who saw herself as a member of the family because the old matriarch had been her godmother and had wanted her at her side as she died Jos lia who is hated by Iselda the mother for that fact Jos lia who saves Iselda s life in the jungle as they flee the civil war by giving her own life she was happy to see Maria da Boa Morte tug at my arm tugging and tugging at my arm pulling me toward the raft at the second river where the wild dogs couldn t reach us while Jos lia looked over at us to verify that we d gotten off the balsa and were heading toward Marimba hitting the wild dogs with the branch so much that it broke hitting the wild dogs with her fists the dogs sizing her up And so Iselda watches the wild dogs tear Jos lia apart never stopping to think of it as an act of sacrifice only seeing Jos lia as a shirker and a slave and a black What are these Portuguese people doing in Angola my father used to explainsince we d accepted exile in Africa in order to suffer through our obscure penances punishments and condemnations feeling less humiliation and less shame than if we were in Portugal the Portuguese in power in Lisbon hoping that we d die of a plague in the backlands or that we d all kill each other like animals forcing us to make them rich with tariffs and taxes on things that didn t belong to them the same way we became rich from coffee and cotton that didn t belong to us either women whose passports were confiscated so they couldn t return to Europe prisoners of the little huts out on the island prostitutesWhat is Lobo Antunes message Simply that colonization dehumanizes But it is the colonizer who is dehumanized to the greatest extent The colonized are mistreated They suffer But some of them are still capable of human feelings They maintain their sense of humanity in defending family even if not their own biological family Even where the colonizer denies their humanity they can maintain it In the final analysis the Europeans are victims of their own inhumanity They are finally destructive to themselves destructive to their own kin destructive to the colonized and destroyed by the monsters they have created I will not go on another rant against the dehumanized horrors of colonialism We need only look at the violence currently occurring in Ira Syria Libya and Yemen to understand the heritage of Britain France Italy the US and Russia Ant nio Lobo Antunes has continued to express his own frustration and horror of the heritage he has been given as a citizen of Portugal as an unwilling participant in a colonial war and as a medical doctor a psychiatrist who is in close proximity to continuing human agony which cannot be overcomeI highly recommend this to anyone wanting to come into touch with their own humanity and the realization as to how thin the veil can be The Boyfriend Next Door just about him Mostly he thinks he s white but importantly he s not He needs to suffer for it It s an embarrassment to the family to keep him here in the house Isilda only God can know how embarrassed I am That s his maternal grandmother talking He is his father s bastard another of those words by a black woman His adoptive mother bought him from her Oh Wait That s wrong He s his mother s Iselda s son His alcoholic father Chancey of the Maury River just goes along with the pretence There s another son Rui who s epileptic unable to care for himself and from early childhood is sadistic He has a pellet gun with which he torments animals and blacks I m not uite sure who his father is You re not Carlos s father or Rui s either are you Dad my father because Carlos s father is a black man and Rui s was that policeman from Malanje This is the daughter Clarisse speaking who takes after her mother except she gets an abortion I m your whore aren t I you can admit it I won t get angry your lover out in the workers uarters you don t have to humor me worry about me act loving toward me when I found that lump in my breast And so on But her paternity is in doubt too I m Flora of Maine A Manual for Identification of Native and Naturalized Plants of Maine Vascular just not sure She pretty well sums up the family I don t know if I like my family I don t know if I like anyone at all I don t know if I like myselfAnd then we have the servants blacks of course There are many but I shall discuss two Jos lia and Maria da Boa Morte The two who despite being abused and unappreciated were willing to sacrifice themselves for their mistress Iselda as the civil war closed in on them and took everything they ever had however little it had been Jos lia who saw herself as a member of the family because the old matriarch had been her godmother and had wanted her at her side as she died Jos lia who is hated by Iselda the mother for that fact Jos lia who saves Iselda s life in the Resist Not Evil jungle as they flee the civil war by giving her own life she was happy to see Maria da Boa Morte tug at my arm tugging and tugging at my arm pulling me toward the raft at the second river where the wild dogs couldn t reach us while Jos lia looked over at us to verify that we d gotten off the balsa and were heading toward Marimba hitting the wild dogs with the branch so much that it broke hitting the wild dogs with her fists the dogs sizing her up And so Iselda watches the wild dogs tear Jos lia apart never stopping to think of it as an act of sacrifice only seeing Jos lia as a shirker and a slave and a black What are these Portuguese people doing in Angola my father used to explainsince we d accepted exile in Africa in order to suffer through our obscure penances punishments and condemnations feeling less humiliation and less shame than if we were in Portugal the Portuguese in power in Lisbon hoping that we d die of a plague in the backlands or that we d all kill each other like animals forcing us to make them rich with tariffs and taxes on things that didn t belong to them the same way we became rich from coffee and cotton that didn t belong to us either women whose passports were confiscated so they couldn t return to Europe prisoners of the little huts out on the island prostitutesWhat is Lobo Antunes message Simply that colonization dehumanizes But it is the colonizer who is dehumanized to the greatest extent The colonized are mistreated They suffer But some of them are still capable of human feelings They maintain their sense of humanity in defending family even if not their own biological family Even where the colonizer denies their humanity they can maintain it In the final analysis the Europeans are victims of their own inhumanity They are finally destructive to themselves destructive to their own kin destructive to the colonized and destroyed by the monsters they have created I will not go on another rant against the dehumanized horrors of colonialism We need only look at the violence currently occurring in Ira Syria Libya and Yemen to understand the heritage of Britain France Italy the US and Russia Ant nio Lobo Antunes has continued to express his own frustration and horror of the heritage he has been given as a citizen of Portugal as an unwilling participant in a colonial war and as a medical doctor a psychiatrist who is in close proximity to continuing human agony which cannot be overcomeI highly recommend this to anyone wanting to come into touch with their own humanity and the realization as to how thin the veil can be


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    (PDF KINDLE) [O Esplendor de Portugal] Ó António Lobo Antunes I seem to be on a theme recently A while back I wrote a review of Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians The theme there is basically the horror of empire and its need for a 'them' to dominate to fight to fear António Lobo Antunes has presented a similar theme in The Splendor of Portugal This is not his only book to deal with this theme but I cannot imagine how he could do it better Put simply Lobo Antunes wants his readers to kn

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    FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ GARAKAMI.CO ↠ António Lobo Antunes António Lobo Antunes ↠ 1 READ (PDF KINDLE) [O Esplendor de Portugal] Ó António Lobo Antunes What we came in search of in Africa wasn't money or power it was my son Carlos the oldest the mulattothat slut that slut ClarissaRui the epileptic boy busy torturing everybodyMaria da Boa Morte what can one say about Maria of the good death?

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    SUMMARY O Esplendor de Portugal (PDF KINDLE) [O Esplendor de Portugal] Ó António Lobo Antunes FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ GARAKAMI.CO ↠ António Lobo Antunes Under the iron fist of the dictator Salazar Portugal tried to hang on to its African colonies Angola and Mozambiue through the mid 1970’s way

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    (PDF KINDLE) [O Esplendor de Portugal] Ó António Lobo Antunes FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ GARAKAMI.CO ↠ António Lobo Antunes SUMMARY O Esplendor de Portugal A splendid novel dealing with the ugliness of the Portuguese colonial enterprise in Angola This is the story family of settler colonialists owning a slave plantation in Angola has fallen from their former glory in the wake of the Angolan War of IndependeceA searing and anguished look into the real 'heart of darkness' the book is an indictme

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    SUMMARY O Esplendor de Portugal António Lobo Antunes ↠ 1 READ (PDF KINDLE) [O Esplendor de Portugal] Ó António Lobo Antunes Mindblowing I was almost chocked by reading a book where such a political subject is turned into such a personal matter In the end it is easy to say what is wrong but very hard to say who is guilty And the criticism of colonialism is fierce describing it as a system of oppression on all levels also between those who consider themselves privileged

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    SUMMARY O Esplendor de Portugal FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ GARAKAMI.CO ↠ António Lobo Antunes António Lobo Antunes ↠ 1 READ First let me confess I read this in English Even so it was heavy going Lobo Antunes clearly does not believe in giving the reader meaning on a plate Instead he gives you buelele a lot of stream of consciousness leaving you to work out whose consciousness he is streaming He has also made heavy use of copy and pa

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  • Paperback
  • 535
  • O Esplendor de Portugal
  • António Lobo Antunes
  • English
  • 06 July 2020
  • 9781564784230