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Knowledge of Hell Paperback – March 18, 2008
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"Antunes is definitely a writer worth reading for his literary talent and his insights into Portugal's history, geography, and national character." --Publishers Weekly
"One of the most skillful psychological portraitists writing anywhere." --The New Yorker
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This was my first experience with Antunes' work, and, stylistically, it is the most difficult prose I've ever read. Here the author switches points of view abruptly - sometimes mid-sentence - and inserts dreams and fantasies into the narrative without alerting the reader in any way. He projects his paranoia and insecurities onto partial memories, desires, and absurd imaginary confrontations. Sometimes he records dream-like episodes, where he is suddenly mistaken for a patient and locked away in the asylum, or he inhabits the unknowable final conversations of a suicide, but presents them all in the same unreal tempo as those thoughts that I had credited as rational. To further complicate, he piles simile on top of simile, modifying one with another, and perhaps even another, as the sentence winds through clause after clause until I'm forced to go back and hunt for the original subject.Read more ›