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O Livro Das Emocoes
João Almino
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O Livro Das Emocoes

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  36 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Isolating these moments in his memory and attempting to analyze them much like a lens, he envisions “a haiku stripped of rhetoric that captures only what is in front of the camera.” Yet, deprived of his sight, the photographer now must reconstruct his experiences as a series of affective snapshots, a diary of his emotions as they were frozen on this or that day. The result ...more
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Editora Record
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Chad Post
João Almino’s _The Book of Emotions_ is the prototypical Dalkey Archive book. Not that all of Dalkey’s books are the same, but there is a certain set of criteria that a lot of their titles have—and which Almino’s novel has in spades:

1) It’s a book about someone trying to write a book.

From _Mulligan Stew_ to _At Swim-Two-Birds_ to _The Journalist_, this is a set-up that runs through a lot of Dalkey’s titles. In this case, Cadu, a former photographer is constructing a memoir about his life in Bra
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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nice novel of brasilia, a city that has come a long way from its inception in the highland plateau boonies to another brazilian megalopolis with many many poor folks looking for THEIR middle class. but the story really isn't about brasilia, though the city is a sort of character too, with its technocrats and politicians, its superquadras, pilot plan, north wing and south lake. its garden of salvation, its flowers. cadu is a photographer who has gone blind and in his oldish age decides to write a ...more
Starts off promisingly: blind writer recalls photos he has taken and the memories behind them. Swiftly lurches into dirty old man territory with numerous one-dimensional women 'opening' for him and painfully little plot to speak of. Avoid.
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unique tale of an old photographer looking back on his love affairs and his work through his photos. I found it a bit challenging to keep track of all the characters (so many women!), but the story is well-conceived and downright poetic at times.
Daniel Palevski
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really enjoyed this... couldn't wait to get back to it day after day and finished it in like five days.
William Akin
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit quirky, quite beautiful, and kind of pervy. Everything i look for in a Dalkey Archive offering.
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