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Het handboek van de inquisiteurs

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Een voormalige minister en vier mensen uit zijn omgeving vertellen hun versie van het leven in Portugal van de jaren vijftig tot heden.
Hardcover, 379 pages
Published 1997 by Ambo (first published January 1st 1977)
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Dajana
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O ovome je baš teško pisati jer je nemoguće preneti utisak koji Antunešov stil ostavlja (tj. prevod Tamine Šop koji naprosto klizi, poslala bih joj cveće i bombonjeru). U svakom slučaju, ovo je niz od 19 poglavlja podeljenih na izveštaje i komentare: izveštaje pišu ili govore ili misle glavni junaci, dok komentare pišu ostali, kao nekakav korektiv istine koja je svakako vrlo problematična.
Rekla bih da je ovo istovremeno i omaž piscima poput Foknera i Džojsa, ali i izrazito lirski intoniran roman
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BlackOxford
Sic transit horror mundi

The misery that was fascist and colonial Portugal. Not just the documented political and economic misery of the New State dictatorship but the social and emotional degradation which is impossible to establish on any metric. And not just the misery of the regime, but the misery of the revolution that overthrew it, including its aftermath. Revolutions, violent or not, never have predictable consequences. Just as America has recently taken a crap-shoot with Donald Trump so
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David
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
meu Deus como tudo é claro agora.

Everything is now clear. Or not. We are driven into the story of Francisco, a high ranking minister in the Salazar dictatorship who wants it all but things happen.

His wife Isabel leaves him. He pines for her and takes a mistress, Milá whom he dresses after his ex-wife. Gostas de mim não gostas Isabel? Creepy.

Politically he loses and he retreats to his farm remembering the days when the professor Salazar visited him. He remembers his past during the Carnation Revo
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Tijana
Prvi put u sto godina mogu da se složim sa nekim blurbom: „Kada se Antuneš razmahne… stoji rame uz rame sa Vilijamom Foknerom ili Selinom.“ Jer to jesu prva dva pisca koja padaju na pamet tokom čitanja, prvih tridesetak strana malo-malo pa sam morala da zatresem glavom jer mi se sve ukazivao "Avesalome, Avesalome". Posle se utisak razišao :)
Ovo je moćna knjiga, fenomenalno koncipirana i izvedena i onako lepo i bogato prevedena (poen za Taminu Šop) ali. nije. za. osetljive. Baš nije da je neko s
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RK-ique
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my third book by António Lobo Antunes. My third book of human depredation and horror. My third book of alienation and lost love. Unloved children ... corruption ... blood ... rutting in place of love.

Lobo Antunes paints a disturbing view of the world - but he never seems to get beyond what is real. He is always within reach of the believable. No matter how far he goes in his infernal travels, the reader, at least this reader, cannot get off. Human existence is always the topic of discus
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Bezimena knjizevna zadruga
Ovo je jedno od onih pripovedanja u kojima ne smete da preskačete rečenice i pasuse, ne zato što ćete propustiti važne detalje i izgubiti se u daljoj priči, ne, priča je svakako jednostavna samo razbacana, već zato što je svaka rečenica tako bogata rečima, tako bogata opisima, tako bogata smislom, tako moćna i tako unikatna. Kakva ambicioznost, kakva megalomanska hrabrost da se ovako piše.

A ukoliko postoje ikakve dileme kako prepoznati dobro preveden roman, ma šta dobro- kako prepoznati savršeno
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Pedro Varanda
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que saudades eu tinha de Lobo Antunes. Voltar tanto tempo depois a ler este livro deu-me um prazer imenso. Foi como voltar aquele tempo em que descobri este enorme escritor, que tanto impacto teve em mim. Pena que eu vergonhosamente tenha perdido a capacidade de acompanhar os seus novos livros. Recomendo.
Luís C.
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books of António Lobo Antunes, who is also one of my favorite authors. The writing of this author is also very peculiar and original: long paragraphs current multiple pages, interspersed by the obsessions of the characters who return as leitmotifs punctuate the novel of their unfathomable anguish before a reality that overwhelms them. We didn't feel any sympathy for these characters: Antunes described in this novel the human condition on the side of reality, that of a selfish and ...more
David M
Recommended. I'd be curious to hear what other people think. It didn't quite hit home for me, but then sometimes I think I've lost the ability to read novels.

I'd like to say something more interesting than just calling it Faulknerian, but well... it really was a bit like Faulkner.

Incontinence and cuckoldry, the things a man can never live down.
Charity
Jun 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first contribution to goodreads... I picked the last novel I've read that really wowed me.

I'd heard about Antunes from a number of people; this is the first novel I've read. Stylistically brilliant, and clearly the work of a master empathist. Postmodern techniques that I've seen many authors wear like expensive suits are the ink in his pen. The theme is weighty -- tyranny, on a large and a small scale, so not an easy book to read. I at first winced at the comparisons to Faulkner printed on t
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Ricardo
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tenho poucas referências no que respeita à ficção portuguesa centrada na sociedade portuguesa à época do Estado Novo (exceptuando a Balada da Praia dos Cães, de Cardoso Pires). Esta obra expande-se em volta dos testemunhos familiares e extra-familiares de um rico proprietário de Palmela e ministro de Salazar, com um esquema de ascensão (apogeu, mais estritamente) e queda.
A narrativa destaca-se pelo facto de Lobo Antunes (que viveu pessoalmente parte da narrativa) destacar, de forma coerente e ve
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Christoforos Nikolaou
Έπος με την κυριολεκτική έννοια. Λίγοι συγγραφείς έχουν το βάθος κατανόησης των ανθρώπινων όσο ο Αντούνες (ίσως το ότι είναι ψυχίατρος να έχει παίξει κάποιο ρόλο). Δύσκολα θα βρεις το πορτραίτο ενός ανθρώπου πιο σύνθετα δοσμένο απ' ό,τι σ' αυτήν την πολυπρισματική αφήγηση, όπου μια πληθώρα εντελώς ετερόκλιτων χαρακτήρων ανασυνθέτουν σταδιακά την ιστορία του "κατηγορουμένου". Έχουν προσπαθήσει (και θα προσπαθήσουν) να το κάνουν πολλοί. Κανείς δεν το χει κάνει καλύτερα.
Rosa Ramôa
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Portugal durante o governo do Salazar...
Guido
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Waarom lees ik de boeken die ik lees? Bijvoorbeeld: omdat de schrijver mij intrigeert. Of: omdat ik al eerder werk van betrokkene heb gelezen en hij mij aanspreekt. Of: naar aanleiding van een bepaald evenement als een boekenbeurs of een overlijden of de uitreiking van een prijs.

Passa Porta
Dit overkwam me toen ik 'Het handboek van de inquisiteurs' ter hand nam. Passa Porta organiseerde in de Dansaertstraat te Brussel een avond met de Portugese schrijver Antonio Lobo Antunes, een levende legende
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Semnebune
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Înainte de a citi orice carte a lui António Lobo Antunes, e bine să încercaţi să aflaţi câte ceva despre el. Şi, mai ales, despre stilul lui. Altfel, veţi fi luaţi prin surprindere, poate chiar şocaţi. Pentru că scrisul lui Antunes e oricum, numai convenţional nu. Am văzut că unii îl compară cu Faulkner sau cu Joyce. Ei bine, nu. Aş spune că Antunes a reinventat literatura. Într-o vreme în care mulţi spun că tot ce era de scris s-a scris, acest portughez (psihiatru de profesie) vine să demonstre ...more
Celeste
Oct 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Celeste by: Becca Oser
Shelves: bellicose
I had about 10 pages left to read before going away for 2 weeks and didn't want to carry a hardback. So I've sort of finished it. Trying to think of something more original or thoughtful to write than "I liked it" but... okay, I liked it. It is the kind of book that I'm a bit tired of lately (interconnected anecdotes from a lot of different characters that don't really add up to a story), but I didn't mind it. My main issue with the book was that there was a bit too much offhand rape/forced sex ...more
Bymybook
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first one I read by António Lobo Antunes. I was overwhelmed by his language and style. Antunes uses different voices to report the same event, so as to show us that each person perceives reality in his/her own way.
As Philip Roth so brilliantly once put it, "Obviously the facts are never just coming at you but are incorporated by an imagination that is formed by your previous experience. Memories of the past are not memories of facts but memories of your imaginings of the facts. "
Mary
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish-lit
I'd like to write a paper about this at some point, to study it properly as it deserves to be, but on a purely readerly level the musicality of his narrative impressed me, by which I mean his sustained (almost arousing) tempo -- not that other thing people mean by musicality (which amounts to praising a string of adjectives or "images" muddled together willy-nilly.)
Mccouto
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Li este livro há cerca de 10 anos. É dos melhores que já li. Um estilo literário singular, uma história que prende e envolve e, para além disso, cómico. Ainda hoje farto de rir com uma amiga que me recomendou lê- lo, com a célebre frase "o menino é parvo ou faz-se?". Muito bom!
Nightingale_jt
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting this to the a book about a Salazar's minister. I like the way this book was writen, specially because you see different points of view of the same events. It has a lot of sex and surprises. The book is written in a cinematographic way, with flashbacks.
Fernando Delfim
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“- Faço tudo o que elas querem mas nunca tiro o chapéu da cabeça para que se saiba quem é o patrão.”

“[…] igual ao âmbar da morgue onde o Cristo com cara de passador de droga, falecido de overdose, aguardava a autópsia na parede […]”

“é tão fácil uma mulher descobrir os homens que têm medo do escuro”
Vava'
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Romanzo corale scritto splendidamente, suddiviso in cinque sezioni composte dai monologhi dei personaggi chiave (i "resoconti") e da quelli dei personaggi di contorno (i "commenti").

In un fluire di ricordi (letteralmente uno stream-of-memories) e un accumulo di immagini giustapposte, si ricostruisce una saga familiare nel Portogallo di Salazar, intersecando continuamente (nello stesso paragrafo, periodo e talvolta nella stessa frase) piani temporali differenti. Punti di vista che si incrociano,
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Joe
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most concrete and accessible of Antonio Lobo Antunes’ books I’ve read so far, and certainly the one I would recommend most to someone looking for an entry point to his work. The Inquisitors’ Manual is still very much in his style – it is less hallucinatory and surreal than some of his other efforts, but he is writing a world where present and past are intermingled and it’s difficult to grasp hold of what’s real (or at least what’s accurate). He plays with perspective, telling you the same st ...more
Lucas
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro llevaba un buen tiempo en mi librero hasta que decidiera leerlo a causa de una nota que leí en la que se mencionó a Lobo Antunes como un "autor de la queja", junto con Bernhard, Celine, etc. Supongo que la comparación puede ser apta, pero el estilo me hizo pensar más en Vargas Llosa. Cambia de narradores y tiempos de párrafo en párrafo, y la saga familiar es, en el fondo, un drama digno de una telenovela. Pero qué telenovela! En la primera sección, no demoré mucho en temer que me iba ...more
Sunnybrook
Jan 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-sure
Life in Portugal during the rule of Portuguese dictator Salazar up through the 'Carnation Revolution' (leftist social democracy) from lots of different narrators. It was hard for me to follow and I almost decided to stop reading it early in the book. But the reviews raved about this book and the talent of this author so I decided to tough it out. The multiple narratives reminded me at first of "The Poisonwood Bible", but then I saw there were many narrators not just 3 or 4. I don't know how much ...more
Karschtl
Ich hab versucht, das Buch zu lesen. Ehrlich. Aber nach 80 Seiten musste ich aufgeben. Denn einerseits ist der Schreibstil unheimlich mühsam, woran man sich aber gewöhnen könnte wenn mich zweitens denn wenigstens der Inhalt fesseln würde. Ist hier aber nicht passiert.
Ich geb nicht gern auf, und es tut mir auch jedes Mal Leid wenn ich es tue, aber das Buch ist nicht gerade dünn und ich wollte mich nicht durch den Rest auch noch durchquälen.
Piotr Kopka
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powieść doskonała? Esencja dwudziestowiecznego modernizmu wymieszana z temperamentem pisarzy z kręgu realizmu magicznego? Książka kontynuująca wszystko, co najlepsze u Faulknera? Nie wiem, na co się zdecydować.

Więcej: http://www.literaturasautee.pl/antune...
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Vasco Ribeiro
Escrita muito complicada e rebuscada.
Vim a saber recentemente que influenciado por william faulkner.
história conta da e recontada: família poderosa do antigo regime e primeiros tempos pós 25 de abril certo João, engenheiro, filho de um ministro do antigo regime, que aprece que enlouquece num quinta da palmela que é apanhada com habilidades pela família da ex-mulher do João.
रबीन हान्सेन
The story itself was fine, but to me, the style of storytelling kind of ruined it.
Mikee
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin-literature
Quite an amazing book. Not always easy to follow, but that may not be necessary. Powerful writing. Portugal in the time of Salazar. Decrepit. Evil. Poor. Tells the story in ever-expanding circles. Minor characters fill out the details.
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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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