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The Celebration

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  63 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
In the early morning of March 31, 1970 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, the annual birthday celebration of a prominent and wealthy young artist is taking place; and a train docked in Plaza Station filled with starving, drought-stricken migrant workers seeking relief gets turned away by the authorities, sparking a riot. From these seemingly unrelated events, Ivan Angelo's remarka ...more
Paperback, 203 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1975)
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Troy
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Celebration is an odd book, set up like a puzzle, with the book's pivot or cusp (the party) conspicuously missing. It is a book with a hollow middle. You, the reader, have to reassemble the book's events and put them in the proper order. In a way, it's like reading disjointed articles from newspapers, society pages, short stories and magazines, and trying to figure out how and why all of them are connected. And they are connected, but the connection, the party, is missing.

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this is the first brazilian book i read that was not amado. as other reviewers are accurate in describing the novel structure (see Troy), all i can add is how strongly i enjoyed this book, though some of that might just be sentimental. i read this about the stage i first got interested in postmodern work, about the age others might read something like joyce, of modernists, though the others i had read at this time were robbe-grillet and mishima. brazil as a place fascinates me. the way all the i ...more
Lori Lammert
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second chapter of my dissertation is about this novel. It is considered one of the best, if not the best, novel of the dictatorship from Brazil. This is true experimental fiction. The structure is very unusual and surprising!
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Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was another book that just blew me away. Like Bread and Wine, I'm afraid to pick it back up because I'm afraid it won't be as good the second time around.
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