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The Land at the End of the World

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  851 ratings  ·  51 reviews
In the tradition of William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez, one of the twentieth century’s most original literary voices offers “kaleidoscopic visions of a modern Portugal scarred by its Fascist past and its bloody colonial wars in Africa” (Paris Review). Hailed as a masterpiece of world literature, The Land at the End of the World—in an acclaimed translation by Marga ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published June 25th 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1979)
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Neva
Прочетох тази книга първо на италиански, когато бях някъде на 24-5, и получих аритмия, буквална и преносна, излязох си от всички коловози и видях как се променям. Вече на 31-2 я прочетох на български и ефектът беше същият.

Аз я предложих - настойчиво - за поредицата на Колибри, в която излезе, и с това съм много по-горда, отколкото с куп други неща, които съм вършила през живота си, дори да не са се получавали никак зле. Преводачката Даринка Кирчева направи чудеса, за да преведе абсолютно лудешки
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jeremy
with nearly two dozen books to his name, antónio lobo antunes is unquestionably portugal's greatest and most accomplished living novelist. there are many (myself not included) that believe the swedish academy awarded the 1998 nobel prize to the wrong portuguese writer, though rumors persist that lobo antunes is an annual contender for the much coveted literary prize. his dense and powerful works are often compared to those of joyce, faulkner, and céline, though he denies influence from either of ...more
Steve
Antonio Lobo Antunes’ The Land at the End of the World may well be the best war novel written by a leftist psychiatrist of the Freudian school. I suppose that sounds a bit snarky, or narrow, but it’s not meant to be a criticism but a snapshot of what to expect. The unnamed narrator (like Antunes) was a medic during Portugal’s war in Angola. He is haunted by his experience, and his memories, nine years later, are constantly circling back to the war and its horrors.

The novel opens at (appropriate
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Tânia
Confesso: Só li este livro agora, foi uma descoberta relativamente tardia. Mas ainda bem que assim foi, porque estou convencida de que hoje lhe dei muito mais valor do que teria dado quando tinha vinte e poucos anos. Que linguagem expressiva, que capacidade extraordinária para fazer descrições, para captar a alma das pessoas, que ironia viperina, que sofrimento… Um dos melhores romances sobre a guerra colonial. Se não o conhecem, leiam-no. Lobo Antunes no seu melhor!

An extraordinary book about w
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Erwin Maack

" (...) a felicidade, esse estado difuso resultante da impossível convergência de paralelas de uma digestão sem azia com o egoísmo satisfeito e sem remorsos, continua a parecer-me, a mim, que pertenço à dolorosa classe dos inquietos tristes, eternamente à espera de uma explosão ou de um milagre, qualquer coisa de tão abstrato e estranho como a inocência, a justiça, a honra, conceitos grandiloqüentes, profundos e afinal vazios que a família, a escola, a catequese e o estado me haviam impingido p
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Daniel Gonçalves
Bem, é difícil avaliar este livro por várias razões, uma delas o sentimento misto que tive ao acabar de lê-lo.

Não é propriamente uma leitura dita fácil, é algo que puxa imensamente de metáforas( muitas delas desnecessárias, na minha opinião) mas que é extremamente bem concretizada no que toca a vocábulos e truques de linguagem.

A narrativa, é o ponto fraco deste livro, esta é apresentada de forma segmentada e é baseada em relatos de vida do narrador durante a guerra, que muitas vezes divaga desne
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Bryan Murphy
I read this book shortly after it first came out. I was living in Angola at the time, and it helped me to understand what the Angolans had had to put up with during their war of independence, as well as the price that Portuguese conscripts had to pay for their rulers' hubris.
Chad Post
Awesome. Writing a full--and much more articulate--review later, but I want to say that after three meh Antonio Lobo Antunes translations ("Fat Man & Infinity," "Knowledge of Hell," "What Can I Do When Everything's On Fire?") this comes like a breath of fresh Celine-inspired air. Yeah. It's cynical and dark and moving and honest and about the Portuguese Colonial Wars and a man sitting in a bar telling his sad tale to a silent woman he ends up seducing. Seriously, full review later. One that ...more
Joslyn
dear god. he's a magician of vivid images, flicking through a stream of postcards for fleeting display in the reader's brain, as he recounts the life's tale of a portuguese man ravaged by his military service in angola. i should mark this 'non-fiction.' his writing (& the translation) is astounding. some lines and details are wicked scathing, and some beautiful, twisted, brilliant.
ultimately, it is of the horrors of war.
Offuscatio
Tras una semana, me cuesta despedirme del protagonista.
En las últimas páginas, las palabras que le dedica a la región de Malanje y sus últimas confesiones valen por sí solas cinco estrellas. ¡Soberbio!

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Rafa
Una vez más, con este autor, tengo la placentera sensación de terminar un combate.
Martinaviola
"La felicità, quella condizione che viene fuori dall'impossibile convergenza di parallele fra una digestione senza acidità e l'egoismo soddisfatto e privo di rimorsi."

In culo al mondo può sembrare un titolo poco felice, ma vi prego fate conoscere questo libro! Regalatelo, lasciatelo su una panchina nel parco o appoggiatelo su un davanzale: fatelo viaggiare, per favore. Leggetelo prima, mi raccomando.

"...chissà che questo mattino non nasconda una notte ancor più opaca di tutte le notti finora att
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Paul Fulcher
A lyrical indictment of European colonialism and the futile wars fought against local independence movements.

The book is based on the author's personal experiences of the conflict in Angola between the Salazar regime and the various independence movements, such as the MPLA and UNITA, which were simulateneously in conflict with each other - but the insights are applicable more widely.

Lobo Antunes also focuses on the personal cost to those involved. His narrator, sent, like the author, to Angola
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Tuck
what is it about novelistic portrayals of colonial wars on the southwest coast of africa? i mean, read andre brink's horror show of rape, torture, and genocide in namibia The Other Side of Silence (he's got a bunch of them, just take your pick! but his new one is mostly pov from namibian Philida ) , or south africa, they liked war and destruction so much, they took it on the road! Moffie: A Novel and so now, angola, a nightmare still The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari but t ...more
Ariella
A disclaimer: I did not read this in Portuguese, but the English translation by Margaret Costa. This was a stunningly written book, quite devastating in its mimicry of post war trauma. When I went to Portugal, I was fascinated by the history of the colonising of Angola and the war of the carnations. This book gives a human side to the history, much more real and harrowing than the official history. I left my copy on a plane, so I hope someone else enjoys it and is moved by it.
José
This is not a story, nor is the author, here, a storyteller. This is a monologue reflecting on portuguese colonial war and the dictatorship which endured it, at the expense of its youth, in terms of what relates to the individual.
Brilliantly written - in form and content - the book leads you closer to understanding human experience. It does it while digressing, or pretending to, through stinging, literary phenomenal, considerations regarding several characters which used - and many still exist t
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Reginacm
Jan 26, 2010 Reginacm rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Reginacm by: Unickymous
Shelves: novel, 2010, war, angola
"não éramos cães raivosos mas éramos nada para o Estado de sacristia que se cagava em nós e nos utilizava como ratos de laboratório e agora pelo menos nos tem medo, tem tanto medo da nossa presença, da imprevisibilidade das nossas reacções e do remorso que representamos que muda de passeio se nos vê ao longe, evita-nos, foge de enfrentar um batalhão destroçado em nome de cínicos ideais em que ninguém acredita, um batalhão destroçado para defender o dinheiro das três ou quatro famílias que susten ...more
Branca
Uma escrita muito rica, literariamente falando. Algo delicioso e soberbo! Apenas peca pelo ritmo e pelo estilo que o autor dá ao seu livro.
Não que não goste de ler algo que seja bastante autobiográfico, é só que o estilo de dia-a-dia torna-se repetitivo (contudo não digo que a nossa vida não seja assim mesmo. Monótona). E também tenho a destacar a ausência de pontuação, nomeadamente de pausas (muito necessárias para um bom entendimento), que, de certa forma, retiram alguma da coesão da qual o li
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Camila Rodrigues
Será um diálogo com alguém que não nos compreende um monólogo? Nos cús de Judas um médico veterano da guerra colonial relata uma experiência de intenso sofrimento a quem a não viveu, a uma mulher que acabou de conhecer, a nós leitores. Empurrado pelo álcool, parece relatá-la para si próprio, sem esperar retorno, empatia, compreensão. Transmite o desencanto dos Homens irremediavelmente sós, isolados por uma experiência transformadora que não conseguem partilhar.
A leitura de os cús de Judas conce
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São Palma
Tive que ler à pressa, pelo facto do livro não ser meu. Acho que teria chegado às 4 estrelas, se tivesse lido com mais calma. Também me aborrece um pouco a escrita rebuscada, mas ainda assim um bom livro.
Joyce
The influence of William Faulkner is obvious in this novel - it appears the author never met a sentence that he couldn't stretch to fill a page. The story of a Portuguese doctor writing about his military service in Angola in the early 1970s should resonate with those who served in Afghanistan. The doctor tells his story to a woman he picked up in a bar. What gets to me is that the guy is also a misogynist of the first order. He spends the entire book telling his stories of atrocities and grossn ...more
Andreia
Feb 09, 2012 Andreia is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Tem sido muito difícil ler este livro.
já o comecei umas três vezes, cada vez que começo consigo ler mais um pouco. Acredito que a partir do 5º capítulo seja mais cativante mas não está a ser fácil.
Sonia Gomes
Apr 22, 2011 Sonia Gomes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who would like to see the brutality of War
Recommended to Sonia by: Literature for M.A Course
Antonio Lobo Antunes, just does not want to go to Angola to fight a war which has no meaning to him or anyone else. Added to this he has to leave his pregnant wife.
This is a brutal book.You see the colonial war in Angola through the eyes of the doctor Antonio Lobo Antunes.
Every sordid detail is placed before you, the terrible, terrible loneliness, the lack of camaraderie between the soldiers, who just want to go home. There is no escape, no hope, some commit suicide, some just long for the cof
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Katherine
*His language is so interesting with such frequency that I feel I would be forever typing if I typed in all the quotations I cotton to.
“...to fish in the rancorous aquarium of their brains” (10).
“thunder clouds advance ‘in dark billows toward the barracks, rolling the enormous pianos of the clouds down the stairways of the air” (10-11).
"…sad as a rainy reeds at school…" (24).
"On the second day, we reached Madeira, a fruit cake decorated with crystallized houses floating on the blue china tray o
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Laura
First things first: Antonio Lobo Antunes is AMAZING. My first exposure to him was late in my high school years, and I was HOOKED! **THAT SAID** This version of this is horrible! Margaret Costa, the translator, ruined his brilliantly vivid, often emotionally intense language, the kind that makes you get chills and sensations of tingling through your body and can likewise pacify you in your worst hour in delicately composed passages describing serene landscapes or blissful encounters.

Antunes' surg
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Karenina
In un lunghissimo monologo, nel corso di una notte, un uomo racconta ad una donna incontrata in un bar, la sua storia di reduce dall’Angola, il luogo in culo al mondo citato nel titolo.
Il registro del narrare è drammatico, la disillusione, la rabbia ed il dolore del ricordo sono evocati senza sconti, le immagini dell’assurdità di quella guerra coloniale fuori tempo massimo, sono rese con vigore. Lo straniamento del protagonista che torna a casa dove nulla è cambiato è esplicitato nell’unico dial
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Calzean
Full of rich analogies, a man destroyed by a needless war in Angola speaks to an unknown woman about his experiences and how he, as with many who go to war, lost his life and now lives in darkness.

A book that is a monologue. It tells of one and a half million Portuguese men who went to war and when it was all over a series of civil wars then started. Pointless.

A unique book on the senseless wars we seem to have.
Unickymous
Os Cus de Judas é um livro de António Lobo Antunes editado pela primeira vez em 1979. Retrata a experiência pessoal de Lobo Antunes como médico de campanha enviado para Angola na Guerra Colonial portuguesa. Ao longo do livro, o leitor que assume mesmo a dimensão de "interlocutora" do personagem principal, constata uma Angola degradada, em plena guerra colonial, esse "inacreditável absurdo da guerra". Muito mais do que uma opinião, a descrição do autor é a explosão de uma dura experiência, focand ...more
Piego di Libri
Solo grazie a queste poetiche corrispondenze, di baudelairiana memoria, Antunes riesce a esprimere concetti crudi, particolari disgustosi, di quando fu gettato in culo al mondo. A combattere in Angola la guerra coloniale del Portogallo di Salazar.
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At the age of seven, António Lobo Antunes decided to be a writer but when he was 16, his father sent him to medical school - he is a psychiatrist. During this time he never stopped writing.
By the end of his education he had to join the Army, to take part in the war in Angola, from 1970 to 1973. It was there, in a military hospital, that he gained interest for the subjects of death and the other. T
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