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Como as substâncias se separavam logo à partida, entre as que avançavam com a vontade própria e as que esperavam com a obediência estática (e nisso dividiam-se como alguns homens). Os sapatos eram a obediência pura, a escravidão mesquinha, enojavam-lhe naquele momento; a sabujice destes materiais em relação ao homem. Nenhum cão é tão sabujo como estas substâncias.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published 2005 by Editorial Caminho
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when the 'easy riders and raging bulls' generation was making their mark, a common critique was that the films reflected their creators lack of knowledge of the real world: that the director's reference points were other films rather than real life. while ford, hawks, and lang were out there wrasslin' horses, fightin' nazis, and bagging dames, depalma knew life only as defined by welles & hitchcock, scorsese experienced reality through the prism of powell/pressburger, and coppola knew nothin ...more
Dec 20, 2012 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dark age pulp
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Hinnerk lived in constant fear of his fellow men- and yet, how many times, when he passed them on the street, had people said (and so casually... as though reciting their address or giving directions): look at that one, he has the face of a killer.
Hinnerk lowered his head so he wouldn't hear.

Mylia. Ernst, Mylia, Gomperz. Mylia, Theodor. Mylia, Theodor, Kaas, Kass, Mylia, Ernst, Hinnerk. Hinnerk, Hanna. Theodor, Hanna. Mylia, Ernst, Hinnerk. Wanted: someone no one will look at. The floor doesn't
MJ Nicholls
Tavares is Portugal’s latest literary lion, winning prestigious Portuguese awards for his bleak and poetic novels about morally complex characters.

This short book connects six or seven people—murderer, schizophrenic, doctor, prostitute, mental patient and handicapped boy—weaving their stories together through clever leaps in structure and time.

Each story is incredibly bleak, with smouldering insights into the human mind, although the fragmented narrative occasionally loses focus when Tavares ex
gonçalo tavares may very well be, in the coming months and years, the world's hottest literary sensation. born in 1970, the portuguese writer published his first book in 2002, and has since gone on to write well over a dozen more. his works have already been translated into nearly twenty-five languages and he is quickly amassing quite the collection of literary awards. as well, he has drawn high praise from a diverse array of prominent authors, including josé saramago and enrique vila-matas.

Quase vinte e quatro horas depois de ter terminado o livro, ainda não sei o que pensar e dizer sobre isto.

É original.
Lê-se bem e depressa.
A escrita é bonita.
Tem muitas personagens: uma mulher esquizofrênica (?); um potencial suicida; um médico - e marido cruel - que ambiciona descobrir uma fórmula que calcule o futuro da humanidade; uma prostituta; um psicopata; uma criança deficiente. Uns resumos sobre loucos internados num hospício; uns textos sobre prisioneiros de um campo de concentração
Jerusalem is a feast of ashes. It is a wet repast. The cracking sounds stones make when thrown into the night. Jerusalem is a noir: a Double Indemnity staged in a psychotic ward. This is a cess pit for dreams. Abandoned visions soak into one another. Much like nightmares, the setting is uncertain, somehow fluid. The witnesses bear the barks: the limps, the bags under the eyes, the feeble cries. What could possibly eclipse the spread sheet of Atrocity? Only the howls, agonies and hunger of the di ...more
Chad Post
Open Letter had a chance to publish this book and didn't. Totally kills me. Granted, we only had a sample and a desire to do some of "The Neighborhood" books first, but still. If there's a top heart-wrenching moment in publishing, it's when the book you put your heart into gets bitch-slapped by the NY Times. If there's a second worst wrenching moment of the publishing heart, it's reading a book you passed on and fucking loving it.

This is spacial modernism at its best. I'm not sure exactly what
O que tem Jerusalém de diferente dos precedentes da sequela Livros Negros (O Reino) ? É um romance, onde Gonçalo M. Tavares, desta feita com mais destreza, consegue conjugar melhor a ficção com a filosofia contemporânea.

Temo não ser racional o suficiente para apreciar em pleno Gonçalo M. Tavares, porque as suas obras apresentam um grau altíssimo de estruturação de causa-efeitos; são o resultado de uma escrita mecânica; são consequentes e conscienciosas; têm solidez, consistência e contornos
Ricardo Lourenço
Parte integrante de uma tetralogia denominada O Reino, este Jerusalém é mais um passo essencial no objectivo de Gonçalo Tavares em “perceber o mal, como é que ele surge, em que situações se desenvolve e manifesta”. Assim, a sua capa preta não se trata de uma mera opção estética, mas sim de um primeiro sinal transmitido aos leitores sobre o seu conteúdo, antes mesmo de o desfolharem.

Jerusalém destaca-se pela ausência de linearidade narrativa, entrecortando os acontecimentos decorrentes na madruga
A recipe for a deep book:
Take a bunch of characters with mental problems.
Entangle their fortunes and mix them together.
Base entire content on their thoughts and some retrospections.

This book cries DEEP from every page. I prefer books that are deep in a less blatantly obvious way.
El Avestruz Liado
How close is possible to look into madness or evil without becoming part of it? This book is an up close and personal look into this issue.

The narrative structure is quite clever, it consists of little chunks which are only named after the characters which appear on it. Narrative is also not linear in time but rather revolves around a single faithful night and it constructs the timelines for each character that meets during this lapse of few hours in which evil, madness and sheer nonsense meet j
Alejandro Teruel
Un libro ultra-premiado con una estructura interesante pero, en mi opinión que bien podría derivarse de Zola o Knut Hamsun con un contenido sórdido, predecible, oscuro, nihilista y violento que maneja un concepto arcaico y anacrónico de la locura y su tratamiento, aunque me imagino que no faltará quien, para defenderlo y acercarlo más a nuestra contemporaneidad, prefiera verlo a la sombra de Foucault.

Well, I really liked this book - hence the 4 stars.
Explaining why I liked it, as always, is difficult for me.

It's very cleverly structured, whilst at the same time easy to read. Small chapters/episodes made it a quick read too (when I actually had time to pick it up...).
All of the main characters are unusual, and are afflicted with some physical or mental problem (or both). This made for a very strange cast, but it worked so well.
Even the characters who were conventionally accepted as 'normal' (
Brillante apología sobre la violencia y la locura del mundo y sus personajes. Le saqué una estrella porque por momentos se dificulta la concentración y el último tamo, a mí parecer, es repetitivo.
Pero que es una obra genial e incomparable. Será porque son de la misma tierra, pero me recordó a Saramago con su ironía encubierta.
Francisco Berkemeier
Jerusalém é um livro diferente. Apreciei muito o estilo livre e descuidado com que o romance flui, mantendo, no entanto, a elegância e a coerência. Gonçalo M. Tavares lembra Saramago, e aposto que o prémio de seu nome, atribuído à obra em 2005, é em parte justificado por esta semelhança. A forma como o autor entrelaça diferentes personagens, tempos e lugares, não seguindo necessariamente uma sequência cronológica legítima, é uma proeza incrível. Divagando, mas sem nos fazer perder, é assim Jerus ...more
On the back cover, Jerusalem is described as taking place “one morning late in May, between three and six a.m.” but in reality it sweeps in and out of other times in a way that gives the story a much broader scope than I expected. The plot has a rhythmic feeling as it circles from character to character, in and out of days, between decades, first focusing closely on one person’s thoughts at a precise moment in time, then zooming out for a larger picture. Terminally ill Mylia tries to find a chur ...more

Das Buch hat mich irritiert, in Details habe ich es bewundert, insgesamt zuletzt sehr verärgert.

Wieso ist ein Buch, das „Jerusalem“ heißt auf deutsch mit „Die Versehrten“ übersetzt worden?

Jerusalem: der Ort der Erlösung. Aber auch das Land, in dem jetzt Massaker geschehen.

Theodor Bussbeck: Psychiater. Er glaubt, dass es drei Achsen der Gesundheit gibt. Die dritte: der gesunde Mensch sucht nach Gott.
Er will erforschen, ob es Regeln für die Massaker in der Geschichte der Menschheit gibt
Elodie  Diebolt
La curiosité a été le facteur déclencheur qui m’a poussé vers ce livre. Pensant me tourner vers une lecture proche du thriller, j’ai eu très envie de découvrir ce roman. La couverture est des plus intrigante et la quatrième de couverture l’est tout autant. Rien ne laissait présager la nature de cette histoire et je ne savais pas du tout à quoi m’attendre quand je l’ai commencé… Maintenant que je l’ai lu, je dois dire que je suis toujours aussi surprise par ce que j’y ai découvert.

Nous faisons la
Luís Miguel
Confesso que tenho uma relação difícil com este livro. Desde já digo que é muito bom e recomendo a sua a leitura a toda a gente, inclusive, dado tratar-se de um autor português, deveria ser estudado e exultado no meio académico. O complicado é caracterizá-lo: um romance (como diz na capa)? ou um ensaio? A sua narrativa é demasiado débil para contar eficazmente uma história. O único personagem que realmente causa impacto é Kaas (dai se retirando também uma conclusão filosófica). É o terceiro volu ...more
there’s one character in JERUSALEM who writes a long tome on violence and it’s fun (but who knows if truthful) to think of it as commentary on Vollman’s RISING UP AND RISING DOWN. here, the eight volume doorstop study on atrocity is published to at first great acclaim for its magnitude and ambition, then very quickly rebutted and disgraced, and then finally utterly forgotten…

the bookback tells us JERUSALEM is part of a "series Tavares calls THE KINGDOM" so it may not be a stretch to say the aut
It would take all the space available for this review to catalog the crimes that occur in Jerusalem, a novel by the Portuguese writer Gonçalo M. Tavares published by Dalkey Archive Press in 2009 with a translation by Anna Kushner. It begins with a slight from a priest who refuses to open a church for a dying woman and ends with multiple murders in the street.

In Jerusalem, which is part of a series of novels collectively called “The Kingdom,” Tavares explores violence as an institution. This take
Jun 15, 2014 Will rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Will by: Chad Post
Shelves: recommended
A wonderful mosaic of characters come together one fateful late night and all matter of tragedy and suffering is explored in the meantime, from the overlooked aspects of personal tragedies to a quest to fully research and understand the scope, scale, and breadth of atrocities and horrors in all human history (past, present, and future): "I want to produce a graph—a single graph to establish, to summarize, the relationship between history and atrocity. To chart whether horror has been increasing ...more
Tinha no goodreads que já havia lido este livro em 2012 - provavelmente no mesmo ano em que vi a linda curta metragem do Sr. Valery e nesse mesmo Verão apanhei o seu pequeno livro à venda e o li - mas não me recordava de o ter feito.
Já tinha saudades de ler algo em português, escrito por portugueses, portanto Gonçalo M. Tavares foi a escolha ideal.
A sua escrita parece-me excepcionalmente bem direccionada para alguém que escreve crónicas sobre tudo aquilo que o rodeia. Aliás, neste mesmo livro el
BEST. BOOK. IN. THE. WORLD. This man is a prodigy. He's a genius of literature.
He will win a nobel prize, VERY soon.
This book is just.. it's the best book in the world. There simply is no other way to put it. Of course one must read it in portuguese to get the full grasp. Gonçalo M. Tavares' writing style is just... it's out of this world. The short-harmless-simple-looking sentences are just.. they are profound. It is truly incredible.
The story is great too. Maniacs in an asylum, a doctor, a
Após lido tornou-se de imediato livro de culto. A juntar à meia dúzia de livros que tem um espaço especial na minha memória dos livros lidos. Um daqueles que meteria na mochila, caso a casa pegasse fogo e houvesse tempo de salvar alguns. Frio, denso, eficaz, humano, cruel, demente, excessivo, simples,.... O positivo e o negativo, eficazmente ilustrados. Uma historia vivida em torno do entendimento da loucura, que atinge o seu clímax durante a noite, junto de uma igreja, junto à casa daquele que ...more
Like Saramago said, Tavares will win the Nobel Prize sometime in the next thirty years. I flew through this book and only wish more of his work was translated into English, or that I could get my hands on his books in Portuguese. He's innovative and unique. He already has his own style. The characters are beautiful and repulsive at the same time. The scenes he paints are very vivid. I can see why he's inspired painters and artists of all kinds to make use of his beautiful images. I can't wait to ...more
Apr 29, 2010 Elizabeth rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sexually open cynics
Shelves: 2010
reeeealllyyy good book. something must be going on in portugal to produce writers like mr. tavares and mr. saragamo. they both have a way of writing interesting books that involve sideways violence and offbeat sexual encounters. jerusalem involves multiple characters, all have an array of interesting flaws, some physical, others pyschological, all characters end up intersecting at some point. it's not an easy read and there are insane asylums, terminal illnesses, whores and bastards, but it does ...more
Uma obra prima. Não sou sequer capaz de explicar de que trata o livro, porque não há como descrevê-lo de maneira a fazer justiça à profundidade e mestria como trata de temas como a loucura, o amor, o ciúme, as relações, as decisões, o acaso e o destino. Aliás, só o fazer esta lista de palavras fá-lo soar bem mais banal, e não é nada disso. Vale bem os prémios que ganhou até agora e todos os que lhe queiram atribuir no futuro. Li-o de empréstimo e passados dias comprei-o para poder reler e reler ...more
This is an admirable and strange book. The writing and structure were creative. But I cannot say that I like it. I respect what the author has done but I did not enjoy the book.

The characters in this book are all damaged - mentally or physically or both. The narrators are Mylia, Ernst, Theodor, Gomperz, Hinnerk, Hanna, and Kas. The are all connected and broken in one way or another. The author moves the story forward while going backwards to tell us each character's story - to one degree or anot
Esteban Brena
Dice Tavares que es un escritor post-Auschwitz. En Jerusalém una de las preocupaciones más importantes es el mal -con mayúsculas- y su paso por la historia. Uno de los personajes, el doctor Busbeck trabaja en una fórmula para calcular el aumento o caída del mal a través de los siglos, una idea que lleva la razón, la lógica hasta el absurdo; o al contrario, que muestra lo absurdo que acecha siempre detrás de la razón. En cierta medida, esta parte de la novela esta en diálogo con Hannah Arendt y l ...more
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Gonçalo M. Tavares was born in Luanda in 1970 and teaches Theory of Science in Lisbon.
Tavares has surprised his readers with the variety of books he has published since 2001. His work is being published in over 30 countries and it has been awarded an impressive amount of national and international literary prizes in a very short time. In 2005 he won the José Saramago Prize for young writers under
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“Se continuarmos a gastar a nossa energia criativa em divertimentos inúteis, em prostitutas e anedotas fáceis, em breve surgirá uma outra espécie animal, mais circunspecta e inapta para o bum humor, que tomará conta, em pouco tempo, das nossas instituições principais.


Avançando, pois, estava Theodor Busbeck, a passo firme, dirigindo-se para a absoluta inutilidade, para o absoluto tempo perdido, um tempo de excitação, sim, de pura excitação, de divertimento, e portanto de eficácia negativa, em suma: tempo de não-humanidade, tempo onde não se constrói. Se fôssemos só isto, o que eu sou neste momento, a caminhar apressado com o pénis duro, desejando encontrar rapidamente uma mulher, se fôssemos só isto seríamos agora os cães dos nossos cães.”
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