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На връщане от летен отпуск, лекар психиатър пътува сам в кола, върху впечатленията му от пейзажа се наслагват картини и преживявания от личния му живот и работата му в психиатрична болница, спомени от колониалната война в Ангола, представени като вътрешен монолог и въображаем диалог с дъщеря му. Това пътуване се превръща в метафора на пътуване през ада - ада на болницата, ...more
Paperback, 279 pages
Published November 2014 by Altera (first published 1980)
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Luís C.
The title attracted me first and then reading the first pages, which are a hallucinated description of the beaches and tourist spots of the Portuguese coast as a dummy world made of cardboard and plastic...
The whole book is a dive into the tortured mind of Antonio Lobo Antunes, a young psychiatrist who drives to the asylum where he works. Memories, reflections, dreams or delusions, ferocious descriptions of psychiatrists, his colleagues, scenes of the war in Angola where he was a doctor, the he
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Emelia
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How can a person write a review about a novel such as Knowledge of Hell and do the book justice? I find myself at a loss so I will just do my best and hope that my words will, at the very least, cause those who read this to pick up this book. It is a masterpiece of gorgeous language that describes the horrors of psychiatry and war; both which seem to have the same end results. Antunes loathing of the incestuous relationships of psychiatry is apparent throughout the book, showing the damage psych ...more
Neva
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Великолепна. Разтърсваща. Вълнуваща и кошмарна като топло море без дъно и без видим бряг наоколо - наслада за сетивата и ужас за разума в едно.

Струва ми се, че заглавието всъщност значи "понятие за ад", "познание за ада", но истината е, че книгата описва точно опознаването, процесът на осъзнаване и отсяване на адските дадености, вкаран в две преплитащи се русла: това на лудницата и това на войната. И двете от първа ръка (Лобу Антунеш е бил професионален психиатър и фронтови лекар) - не просто по
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Emanuel
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E a quinta estrela é para o Rui, pudesse eu fingir que não li "Explicação dos Pássaros" e que não percebi que o Rui é o Rui S. Um pequeno detalhe que fez diferença na leitura deste livro e na que fiz da Explicação em 2014. Conhecer o inferno é não só ter conhecimento da vacuidade da guerra mas antes de tudo ter conhecimento do que é o não respeito pela individualidade. Enquanto António viaja vão sendo dados ao leitor três cenários principais: a Guerra Colonial, o ambiente hospitalar português (a ...more
Jim Elkins
Excessive Metaphors as an Illness of Writing

Most of the online reviews of the English translation mention Antunes's language. The consumer reviews on Amazon and elsewhere call it "amazing," "dense," and "difficult." To be a little more specific, the complexity comes from French surrealism, Celine, and Latin American Magic Realism. Yet Antunes is different from Lispector, Lorca, Dos Passos, or any number of possible precedents, beause he is addicted to tropes. He lards sentences with as many figu
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Sini
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De vroege, derde roman van Lobo Antunes, prachtig vertaald als "Reis naar het einde" maar met een titel die letterlijk "Kennis van de hel" betekent, begint aldus: "De zee van de Algarve is van karton, net als in toneeldecors, en de Engelse toeristen hebben dat niet in de gaten: ze spreiden braaf hun handdoek uit op het zaagsel van het zand, zetten een donkere bril op tegen de papieren zon, wandelen verrukt over het podium van Albufeira, waar als carnavalshippies verklede ambtenaren hun hurkend o ...more
dannymac
May 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of lyrical fiction
Recommended to dannymac by: new yorker magazine
antonio lobo antunes; now I'd been drawn to saramago these last few years and had no idea that he had such a ferocious contender scribbling in an orbit of mere obscurity and quite a contender he is. In fact, he is such a formidable opponent for Jose that I must admit to being drawn in favor of Antonio. He is a probably the most poetically writerly author I've read since discovering Henry Miller years ago. What a way he has with words and images!!! -they were scattered like butterfly dust- is jus ...more
Victor
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este livro é exorcismo puro. Fantasmas de guerra e trabalho que são moídos e remoídos. A filha Joana é âncora que o prende à realidade, tudo o resto é negritude racionalizada. Apesar de criar ambientes claustrofóbicos polvilha-os com tais doses de humor que de forma alguma a leitura se torna depressiva. Aliás, já não me lembro de qual foi o último livro em que me ri tanto, momentos às vezes estapafúrdios, relacionados com a própria projecção da morte do narrador, mas que são de uma comicidade ex ...more
Rafa
Oct 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Acabo mareado como un púgil sonado por los golpes.
Benny
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Knots, boenk, pataat!

Deze vroege Antunes barst van de zinnen die wil inkaderen, beelden die je wil uitslijpen. Zeelucht ademt en kronkelt monkelend om je voeten. Het landschap geurt als een lijk.

Als je Antunes’ later werk kent, merk je dat hij hier zijn stijl nog aan het polijsten is, nog een beetje zoekende is naar de beste manier om de gelijktijdigheid van alles te vatten. Als je dat werk niet kent, of even doet alsof, merk je daar niets van en is dit gewoon een meesterwerk.

Heden en vele verle
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Isla McKetta
I loved this book so much I started reading it over again the minute I finished it just to soak it in and understand it on a new level. Beautiful language and effortless transitions between three or more stories in a fictional dream.
Karlo Mikhail
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
The mental institution as hell. The Angolan war as hell. Modern plastic society as hell. This is one hell of a novel!
Cata Campos Varela
Un monólogo extenso, confuso y demasiado decorado que no deja ver la crítica a la psiquiatría. A pesar de mis expectativas, sobre un autor que comparan con Saramago, está fue una lectura aburrida y difícil de terminar
Rui Gel
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Puro e duro como só o autor sabe ser. Sempre no limiar da loucura. O pior é quando nos identificamos com as cenas loucas que lhe passam pela cabeça. Obrigado, António. Não há cabimento à coragem necessária para seguir em frente quando vemos que o mundo está todo fodido. Repito-me: obrigado António.
Chico
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: july-2013
Difficult to understand how he hasn't won the Nobel... Yet!!!
Rita Gutierrez
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terceiro romance de Lobo Antunes, publicado em 1980, que nos convida a acompanhar uma viagem de automóvel, no final das férias de verão, desde Albufeira até à Praia das Maçãs. Inicialmente podem estranhar-se as oscilações de um narrador ora autodiegético, ora heterodiegético, que nos introduz a uma ação tripartida: o internato de Psiquiatria no Hospital Miguel Bombarda, cenários de guerra colonial em Angola e, por fim, alguns episódios familiares resgatados a lembranças escondidas.
​O livro é ori
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Lisa
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a complex book written as the free flowing thoughts of a man who is extremely cynical and frustrated with people... with the falseness and lack of depth—the absence of anything genuine or meaningful. He is especially critical of the field of psychiatry (he himself is a psychiatrist who is exactly what he hates) and of the Meaninglessness of war (specifically of the role of the Portuguese in Angola). While condemning the bland shallow lives of humanity, the author uses amusing, harsh, an ...more
Catarina Gomes
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Da guerra para o manicómio. O personagem chamado António Lobo Antunes aterra como psiquiatra recém-encartado no hospital psiquiátrico Bombarda, onde conhecerá um novo tipo de inferno, depois do que viveu na Guerra Colonial em Angola, e com o qual faz constantes paralelismos. Lá dentro, mergulha num espaço murado e sem saídas. Aquele que será o seu espaço de trabalho é um lugar onde a filha criança não quer entrar por ter medo dos doentes, daqueles doentes.
Luís Henrique Borba
Os escaninhos da alma humana, de humanas almas, mostrados em palavras e sentimentos.
De Letterzetter
Portugal
Slavena
замайващи са историите за маргинали. дори да няма случване, а само надничане в патологията на съзнанията им. в непрогледността им. в "развълнуваните или сърдити аквариуми в мозъците им, където берат душа рибите на страха".
и цялото това взискателно вплитане на думи, състояния, изречения реки, искаше повече от късче съзнание - иска го изцяло, отворено, фокусирано.
предизвикателство беше.
започнах я из южна португалия, или нека бъда честна - в метрото преди полета за порто. после при спускането над
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Brendan
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first exposure to Antunes. The only other Portugese author I've read is Saramago, and it's easy to draw comparisons to his writing style here, especially the passages of long, run-on sentences and paragraphs. Antunes brings a much more palpable sense of despair to the table; his descriptions of war and mental hospitals do indeed impart a specific knowledge of hell to the reader. I'll definitely be tracking down more of his work.
Alan
With regret I must stop reading this most lovely written piece of literature ever. But, to call it a novel is wrong. Atunes' sentences may be the most gorgeously sentences ever written, each one a poem in itself. Unfortunately, trying to follow a narrative while reading them is next to impossible because the images within are so lush and evocative. My head is exploding.
Luís
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happened to me? I'd read A.L. Antunes before and loved his stuff; "Conhecimento do Inferno", not so much. I was ok with the contents (wouldn't call it a plot), especially all the scenes set in the "insane" asylum; but the rest was a turn-off: I didn't care about Africa or about his personal life. And by "his" I mean the author's: it was a little too autobiographical for me
Albena
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Разкошна.
Но не е моето, поне не в момента.
Piet Michael
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Postmodernes, szenisches Experiment mit teils manirierten expressionistischen Bildern und Bewusstseinsstrom;
Jorge Rodrigues
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Difficult read but beautiful and haunting, despairing and inspiring in equal measure.
Bruno Salgueiro
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Sep 18, 2018
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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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“Depois do 25 de Abril, por exemplo, tornámo-nos todos democratas. Não nos tornámos democratas por acreditar-mos na democracia, por odiarmos a guerra colonial, a polícia política, a censura, a simples proibição de raciocinar: tornámo-nos democratas por medo, medos dos doentes, do pessoal menor, dos enfermeiros, medo do nosso estatuto de carrascos, e até ao fim da Revolução, até 76, fomos indefectíveis democratas, fomos socialistas, diminuímos o tempo de espera nas consultas, chegámos a horas, conversámos atenciosamente com as famílias, preocupámo-nos com os internados, protestamos contra a alimentação, os percevejos, a humidade, os sanitários, a falta de higiene. Fomos democratas, Joana, por cobardia, pensou ele vendo um bando de rolas poisar num olival, agitar a tranquilidade do olival com o rebuliço do seu voo, tínhamos pânico de que nos acusassem como os pides, nos prendessem, nos apontassem na rua, pusessem os nossos nomes no jornal. E demorámos a entender que mesmo em 74, em 75, em 76, as pessoas continuavam a respeitar-nos como respeitam os abades nas aldeias, continuavam a ver em nós o único auxílio possível contra a solidão. E sossegámos. E passámos a trazer dobrados no sovaco jornais de direita. E sorríamos de sarcasmo ao escutar a palavra socialismo, a palavra democracia, a palavra povo. Sorríamos de sarcasmo, Joana, porque haviam abolido a guilhotina” 1 likes
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