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3.07  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  21 reviews
As Lord begins, a Brazilian author is arriving at Londons Heathrow airport for reasons he doesnt fully understand. Only aware that he has been invited to take part in a mysterious mission, the Brazilian starts to churn with anxiety. Torn between returning home and continuing boldly forward, he becomes absorbed by fears: What if the Englishman who invited him here proves ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Two Lines Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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lark benobi
I'm only slightly embarrassed at recent my string of novels i'm rating 5 unabashed stars, and here is another, and I'm rating these novels so highly because it seems to me that they are filled with love, every one of them. And love is what I need to read right now.

So here is Lord, the latest novel I've read; a novel that defies every possibility of a literal interpretation, and whose sentences spring off the page and fly away from any representational reality. And yet. How fundamentally human
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Paul Fulcher
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
What I knew was that I was here in England, in its capital, having been called upon by an Englishman who seems to need my services badly enough that without them his own endeavours could not progress. This I would never forget, because I still had the hope that if I carefully guarded the nucleus around which my story formed at that moment, I might one day recover the memory of what sustained that nucleus, its entanglements and consequences, its rhymes even.

The award-winning Brazilian author João
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
I finished this book as unsettled as I felt when I finished Fever Dream, the same kind of surreal doom on every page, compounded by the characters not being able to navigate their own realities. The man wandering London makes attempts to grab hold at times through contact with others but his identity seems to be shifting out of his control.
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I subscribed to Two Lines Press this year and this was the first book they sent me! I'm trying to be more quick to read selections sent my way. It looks like
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João Carlos

Oxford Street - Londres - Inglaterra

Nunca tive nenhuma referência sobre o escritor brasileiro João Gilberto Noll (n. 1946). Autor com uma vasta obra literária publicada no seu país de origem, Lorde tem a sua primeira edição em Portugal em 2015.
João Gilberto Noll situa o seu narrador a desembarcar em Londres após receber um misterioso convite de emprego numa universidade britânica.
O enredo desde romance é linear, o protagonista é um escritor brasileiro de cinquenta anos, autor de sete livros
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Erik
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt, poc-authored
The biggest problem with "Lord," a finalist for Lambda Literary's best gay fiction this year, is that it was clearly written while João Gilberto Noll was under the influence of drugs. While such a authorial position would have been groundbreaking in the 1970s and 80s, in 2004, when it was written, and in 2019, when it was translated into English, this sort of writing technique is outdated, tired, and ineffective.

"Lord" is told from the perspective of an unnamed narrator - a Doestoyevskian-ish
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Joseph Schreiber
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Having loved Noll's earlier novellas, especially Atlantic Hotel, I found this an arduous read. Had it been half the length it might have been quite good. I really enjoyed the early part. But then it went on and on. The narrator, a writer from Brazil invited to England for some reason unknown to him, is not unlikable so much self-indulgent and boring. The circumstances are odd, but not odd or surreal enough. He wanders around London, strange things happen, he fantasizes about men without ...more
Daniel Benevides
Talvez o maior escritor brasileiro em atividade
carissa
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
"A dandy in Hackney, I thought and coughed."

"Oh...through my mouth that smiled at my condition."
g
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una novella brillante. Noll desciende una vez más a las profundidades de la subjetividad. Allí todo se confunde, se desliza, se deja ver en su pura condición ficcional. El presente, el pasado, el futuro, la memoria, el olvido, la identidad, la diferencia, todo existe en simultáneo. También la vida y la muerte. En esta novela en particular, Noll potencia estas perplejidades mediante una situación que es desconcertante en sí misma: la estadía inglesa de un escritor brasilero. La ocasión ...more
Michael Jantz
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark, disorienting.
Sofia Teixeira
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
screver sobre este livro provoca alguma inquietação. Também desassossegada foi a leitura. Embora curta, esta é uma obra que nas pouco mais de cem páginas que tem consegue deixar o leitor ofegante, um misto de pele arrepiada, algum asco e perplexidade, mas também uma enorme admiração. Não é uma escrita convencional, mas antes romanesca em que a realidade e a fantasia se entrelaçam em processos metamórficos e de alguma dissociação. Existe a urgência do desapego, de nada significar nada, mas tão ...more
Beverly
thoughts coming shortly
Jim
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Its odd, Im a big fan of surrealism in art but struggle to enjoy surrealist literature. I can look at a Magritte or a sunset and appreciate them both equallyI really dont need my art to mean anythingbut I cant do that with books. Magic Realism I get, its as if the writers forgotten hes writing prose for a minute, but even there I want the fantastic to make some sort of sense.

A fifty-five-year-old Brazilian writer is invited to London by an Englishman for some kind of mission. Were not out of the
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Dustin Kurtz
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This one made me feel insane in the best way. The folks at Two Lines mention a fugue state in the jacket copy, and thats right. LORD is like swimming under ice, youre panicked and trying desperately to emerge. The ice warps what you see of the world but its hard to know how much is distorted, how removed you are from air, from consensual reality.
This is a lot like like Nolls Quiet Creature on the Corner but winnowed down to his exploration of obsessive Hilstian voice. A very fun read.
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Jonathan
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
This didn't land with me like the previous two novellas I had read by Noll, but this one really REALLY makes you feel panicked (and paranoid) while reading. A few scenes that I loved, but overall it was almost too abstruse for me.
Pedro Silveira
Para lo corto que es, se hace demasiado largo y repetitivo.
John O'Neill
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pretty torn between a four-star attitude (moved by the fugue) and a two-star attitude (unconvinced by the fugue) but theres enough here to make me like it in spite of my misgivings ...more
Samuel Moss
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, innovative
Just made me want to reread 'The Unconsoled'.
Everton Olinto
Minha primeira experiência com Noll e um tanto decepcionante.
Caroline
Mar 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Luis Protti
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantástico.
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João Gilberto Noll was a Brazilian writer born in Porto Alegre, in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.

His early years were spent studying at the Catholic Colégio São Pedro. In 1967 he began university coursework in literature at the UFRGS-Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, but in 1969 he interrupted his studies to pursue a career as a journalist in Rio de Janeiro, working for
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