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  • 254 pages
  • Auto dos danados
  • António Lobo Antunes
  • Portuguese
  • 24 August 2016

10 thoughts on “Auto dos danados

  1. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    Southern gothic comes to Portugal As I wrote of Antunes' work in another review An Explanation of the Birds every character is deeply flawed; every cup is cracked; every window is grimy; every spoon is greasy The story is set in the 1970’s around the time of the Portuguese revolution when the dictator Salazar was overthrown and a socialist government was installed An old established family finds itself on the wrong side of the political wind As the patriarch lays dying the children desperately search for his will hoping to get money to flee the country But they are bankrupt financially morally and spiritually Two of the patriarch’s children are mentally challenged – his 60 year old son is always underfoot playing with trains; his sister calls him “monkey brother” But the diabolical immorality prize goes to his son in law who has fathered an illegitimate retarded daughter and a grandchild by her as well He is the main character a dentist who is disgusted by his clients He works on teeth with a television on showing old classic American movies Edward G Robinson Gene Kelly Leslie Caron The old patriarchal family lives in decrepit elegance This could be a genre – old families hanging on to their crumbling decaying mansions in what has become the wrong side of town – I think of Sabato’s On Heroes and Tombs in Buenos Aires and Hatoum’s A Tale of a Certain Orient set in Manaus Brazil Tarnished silver moldy books leaky roofs dogs crapping on rotting carpets tattered brocade It’s an ugly story with strong literary writing Here are some examples of Antunes style all within two pages “the smugglers I sometimes saw in the tavern leaning over the bar to talk business with the bar owner their mouths full of cheese and good deals” “the empty pantry occupied by a solitary old woman in a wheelchair her bugging irises gleaming with affliction” “the rain changed the color of the sounds I was hearing turning them thick and dark heavy like tears and I smelled a profound dustiness as if from a trapdoor that had been shut for centuries” Chapters are in voices of the different characters The tension builds as the family tries to get itself together to flee the country An ugly story but a fascinating read Photo from thecitypicturesnet

  2. Marc Marc says:

    What the hell is this? Is undoubtedly the spontaneous exclamation of the reader after some 20 pages into this novel Because at first you seem to have ended up in a fairly conventional story where the narrator informs you that everything is happening shortly after the Carnation Revolution in Portugal 1974 in a wealthy family that feels threatened by the omnipresent communists and wants to flee to Spain and against the background of the patriarch of the family who is dyingThose information elements are useful there is no doubt about that because you regularly see references to that frame story pass by But Lobo Antunes deliberately drowns them in a whirling multitude of voices and perspectives some of which are recognizable others not or not at first sight and in which time layers real and imagined reality flow through each other in a bombastic ensemble of clattering sentences that sometimes don’t seem to go anywhere Occasionally there are passages that charm by their intimacy or their hilarity but they alternate with gross brutal and absolutely degenerate situations; it is no coincidence that the words 'imbeciles' 'mongols' and 'incest' regularly fall The cacophonic style seems to be deliberately meant to evoke the chaos of a family that feels the ground under its feet moving away Or does Lobo Antunes just wants to indicate that life itself is so coarse degenerate and enigmatic?The least you can say is that this novel intrigues and that the author has a lot to offer The references to Faulkner and Maruez certainly are not unjustified But I cannot say that I really enjoyed the burlesue atrabilious ness of this book for me it was really over the edge Perhaps this was not the best choice to get to acuainted with Lobo Antunes or was it?

  3. Luís Luís says:

    I scan this novel which is not the case with all the books by this author I am talking about technical ease and interest that does not get lost I loved and admired him I enjoyed finding him whenever I could For these reasons I recommend it without hesitation to see a little how Lobo Antunes is a great writer

  4. Nathaniel Nathaniel says:

    “Act of the Damned” is an absolute lunatic novel The disturbingly besotted and predatory air of Antunes’s work is reminiscent of dark and frenetic passages from Hunter S Thompson Ignacio de Loyola Brandao Boris Vian and perhaps the creepiest bits of Roald Dahl This is to say that the prose is unusually visceral coarse disorganized playful and interested in avoiding pretention in favor of a swaggering strangenessA few scattered sentences like “After endless nights of talk and drink and syringes of God knows how many grams of pills and heroin I return to the world at two or three in the afternoon surrounded by your collection of old hats the overflowing ashtrays and the smell of urine from the Siamese that struts over the covers while we sleep I return with the weariness of a septuagenarian frog my kidneys splitting with pain as I flounder in a swamp of algae” made me feel like I could imagine what sort of influences went into the scattershot construction of this multi generational festival of avarice decay and retardation The novel is challenging not least of all because there are at least nine different narrators members of the family the family’s doctor a hapless notary many of them unannounced and few of them in absolute control of their chapters A reader suddenly realizes based on rare instances of direct address in imbedded dialogue that someone new inhabits the first person perspective around whose discomfort and frustration Antunes layers his ubiuitous over the top prose He could be faulted for failing to differentiate these narrative voices clearlyFor long stretches Antunes will also narrate several things at once overlaying them in alternating sentences Sometimes it is clear that he is doing this to show how the surroundings usually noise heat and sualor are so oppressive and irritating that they literally intrude upon the happenings and at other times it seems to a bit haphazard and “cut up” For instance “ ‘Wackawackawacka’ said my cousin in Turkish to the Saint Bernard who immediately withdrew his submissive finger The mongoloid finished her oatmeal in a typhoon of soggy morsels and the maid used the torn shirt to wipe her clean before unstrapping her The procession trampled over the already twisted tortured lanes to the accompaniment of clarinets trombones and tambourines in a heart rending display of miserable splendour The fireworks burst into luminous flakes in the air and we only heard them once they were fading in powdery threads ‘What are you nosing around her for?’ asked my aunt her eyelids heavy with rage ‘We got you that cabin and bought you the looms on the condition that you never again set foot in this house’”Antunes is also uite comfortable cobbling together virtuosic sentences that with the addition of the retards had me thinking of a substance addled embittered and less fussy William Faulkner “My shotgun was tucked under my armpit and my cartridge belt held four or five dangling birds that had interrupted their flight the hounds fetched their riddled corpses to fan my haunches and I arrived at the bedroom door trailing dust from my boots on the carpet and smelling of gunpowder the earth the woods and the blood of rabbits and turtle doves and my wife who didn’t look at me was pulling dresses from the closets and laying them on the bedspread folding blouses gathering up her underwear and shoes and tugging on the leather straps of the open suitcases knowing I was watching her—my gun in hand and my navel crowned with partridges looking like a holy card of Our Lady surrounded by murdered angels—watching her move forward and backwards and sideways in the mirrors as if it were twelve instead of one that I’d married until I asked ‘What the hell’s going on?’” I’m letting Antunes’ prose speak for itself While it fits into the cluster of authors I mentioned at first it is uniue and will either repel a reader within five pages or make him tolerate heaps of cruelty mockery of retards incest random violence scheming and confusions As I read the novel I was at times unsure what I thought of it and unsure of whether or not I would read Antunes again In retrospect I may just have been too overwhelmed and off track to enjoy it properly Skimming it again and reviewing the passages that I marked made me certain that I will tackle another of this man’s books

  5. Darryl Darryl says:

    This irreverent and almost indescribably wacky novel is initially set in September 1975 in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon less than 18 months after the Carnation Revolution spelled the end of the fascist Estado Novo the beginning of a democratic government and the end of colonial rule and civil wars in Angola Mozambiue and elsewhere as wealthy conservative families saw their worth plummet The motley cast of characters consist of the younger relatives and in laws of a dying wealthy patriarch who lives in the Alentejo as they seek to claim his substantial inheritance before they flee to Spain which was still under the dictatorial rule of Francisco Franco The novel consists of narratives from different family members and from them the decadence and depravity of each of them is revealed with freuent references to infidelity incest and other immoral behaviors The characters are absurdly funny but neither believable nor worthy of sympathy and because I could not relate to any of them I struggled my way through this novel even though I'm a fan of Antunes's work

  6. Caitlin Caitlin says:

    I really disliked this book I like to read authors from the countries I visit and Atunes is my first Portuguese one The praise on the book cover led me to believe that this was going to be a passionate family story but I found every character to be disreputable There was no moral center so I felt disconnected and didn't care about any of the characters There wasn't anyone I could slightly root for Even anti heroes in books or movies the audience roots for with a sense of guilt I don't like a lot of metaphors and similes in the books I read because I often find them illogical and interrupting to the flow of a narrative Writing can be beautiful and deep without constant comparisons This book is full of similes and they rarely had the effect intended Most of them didn't make sense or mixed metaphors Here is an example of a really bad simile My sister turned on the spigot which resembled a gaping fish mouth and I reached for a tentacle of soap stretched out like a fakir on a bed of rubber nails Bending over the the running water without touching it I stared in amazement at the fish's continual turbulent imperturbable vomit 134 It starts out all right but then switches comparisons mid sentence moving from an auatic comparison to a religious one not to mention it ends disgustingly The other major problem I had is the book has many narrators mostly members of the family the notary being an exception Multiple narrators is common so I don't have a problem with that My problem is with the voice and tone of the book The characters had their own personalities flaws and troubles but from the narration itself they all sound the same Everyone thinks in the same heavy metaphorical way and there is very little to differentiate from the style of the writing who is the speaker I think if an author is using than one narrator then the writing should reflect the different personalities and thought processes of each narrator Any differences were very subtle Even when Francisco the youngest of the narrators talks he sounds the same And the first narrator seems to have an inordinately long section even though he is not in the rest of the book and is just an in law although the other in law does play an important part This first character Nuno is just as fucked up as the rest of the characters and may have committed two murders for no reason if they even happened and weren't just his overworked imagination What kept me reading was the novel is short so it felt like I should finish it The prose does have a certain rhythm to it that moves the reader continually onward and I can see how people would find it beautiful especially if they like the heavy handed metaphors Toward the end of the book the theme of the paranoia about encroaching Communists and the need to flee to Spain with some semblance of financial well being becomes prominent almost making the novel worth it Maybe it is a translation issue or maybe it is that my experience with Portuguese people had nothing in common with these immoral white trash characters who didn't care about anyone not really even caring for themselves But of course 2015 is a very different cultural period for Portugal than the 1970s were

  7. -Neslihan K -Neslihan K says:

    It wasn’t an easy read both because of Antunes’ complicated but impressive literary style which was a first for me and because I read it in English It was an introduction to a Faulknerlike to be followed by Faulkner himself This is the story of a horrible or horrific family and its members none of which are to be liked There’s violence incest sickness physical emotional and ethical all over the place Though I detested the characters the family the core of the story I was in awe of how it was portrayed back and forth through time with reality versus fantasy This was recommended to me by the staff of Livrario Lello in Porto Portugal for a contemporary but not so internationally known Portugese writer while travelling there so bravo to them tooI hope it’s translated into Turkish one day so I can read it in my native language again

  8. Chris Chris says:

    Take some Faulkner or your favorite novel of Southern Decay™ move it to Portugal and add a generous dose of modern despicability Then garnish with literary tricks The book follows a wealthy family with a dying patriarch on the eve of cultural revolution The characters while all terrible are decidedly memorable The tricks including changing perspectives and non linear time are well crafted in that they shake things up without being a significant barrier Particularly well done is how characters move into and out of fantasy or memory The transitions are fluid yet discernible

  9. David Butler David Butler says:

    A book that wallows in the ugly with predictable incestuous entanglements and related grotesuery

  10. Anna From Gustine Anna From Gustine says:

    As a Luso American I've been trying to read books by Portuguese writers other than Saramago I want to learn about the culture and the history I want to hear Portuguese voices that are less well known and local in their interests To be honest Saramago has a little too much magical realism for me as well and I don't think he always addresses the elephant in the room which is the Salazar legacy This is the second Antunes book I've read and god what a bitter experience He may not be as violent as Cormac McCarthy but his world view is not much better He writes at a level far above me with perspectives changing in mid paragraph at one point I find his books compelling because of the characters I have a dark view of the world too and I like seeing characters that are complex than the sanitized ones I watched on telenovelas growing up I am also a Faulkner fan and I share Antunes' interest in decaying familiesAntunes is a also doctor and I can see that in his descriptions of bodily fluid odors and stuff I don't even want to mention Sometimes it was a little muchI don't know if I'll keep reading him but I appreciate his view of the Portuguese and their history I will probably do so particularly because he has novels about Angola and that is a topic I sorely want to know about

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Auto dos danados[Download] ➽ Auto dos danados By António Lobo Antunes – A Vida de uma grande família portuguesa em 1975 uando em Portugal «a época das cerimónias morreu» Um casal e o irmão do marido viajam até Reguengos de Monsaraz porue o patriarca o avô está mo A Vida de uma grande família portuguesa em uando em Portugal «a época das cerimónias morreu» Um casal e o irmão do marido viajam até Reguengos de Monsaraz porue o patriarca o avô está moribundo Em Monsaraz vive o resto Auto dos PDF or do clã ue inclui um filho e uma filha ambos casados e uma terceira filha solteira e mongolóide O velho morre durante as festas da vila ue terminam com a morte do touro Não há herança há dívidas A família foge do paísGrande Prémio do Romance e da Novela da Associação Portuguesa de Escritores Auto dos danados firma na evolução da novelística de António Lobo Antunes o amadurecimento de técnicas e processos narrativos visível na própria estruturação do romance cujas partes correspondem a pontos de vista díspares dos vários elementos de uma família ue em Setembro de luta encarniçada pela herança hipotecada de um latifundiário moribundo O intertexto vicentino evocado pelo título do romance anuncia ao mesmo tempo a continuidade com a descida aos infernos encetada desde o seu primeiro romance pela corrosiva análise psicológica de um leue de personagens sem ualuer possibilidade de redenção num país pós revolucionário onde as pulsões de sobrevivência se sobrepõem à razão e à moral.

About the Author: António Lobo Antunes

At the age of seven António Lobo Antunes decided to be a writer but when he was his father sent him to medical school he is a psychiatrist During this time he never stopped writingBy the end of his education Auto dos PDF or he had to join the Army to take part in the war in Angola from to It was there in a military hospital that he gained interest for the subjects of death and the other T.