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Product Details

  • Series: New Directions Paperbook
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811215652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811215657
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great moment of Cape Verdean literature. -- Ilse Pollack

A writer whose lyric melancholy and compassionate wit entitles him to [share] tribute with Portugal's more famous writer, José Sarramago. -- Confrontation, January 2005

Almeida's refreshing voice and playful irony ring clearly in this translation from the Portuguese by Sheila Glaser. -- Publishers Weekly, 14 June 2004

Set in the islands of Cape Verde...,Almeida's story could take place anywhere where we think we really know our neighbors. -- Tricia Cornell, City Pages, Minneapolis, MN, 16 June 2004

Sheila F. Glaser's skilful translation of Germano Almeida's novel...introduced me to a writer of great comic gifts. -- Pankaj Mishra, Times Literary Supplement [London], 3 December 2004

The work of Germano Almeida surprises us with the essential richness of his world and its proximity and vigor. -- El País

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Germano Almeida is Cape Verde's greatest living writer: a lawyer and a publisher, winner of several prizes, he is the author of five books.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ladyce West on December 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
"The Testament of Senhor da Silva Araujo" is a book of surprises. Araujo's discreet life in one of the islands that make up Cabo Verde's archipelago shows itself to be complex and certainly rambunctious when he details it in his last will, using no fewer than 387 pages to disclose his doings. Such ease in writing had never before been guessed at by the islanders. His discourses on his family members, his employers, his employees, and above all his detailed and methodical unraveling of a life full of--until now unknown--love affairs, is met with disbelief. That his fortune is not left to his nephew as expected but to an out-of-wedlock daughter with a former employee is shocking. And from event to event, from specific requests for his funeral arrangements to suggested business methods that might be just on the outside of the law, we are able to view the life of Cabo Verde, a country of 10 islands, divided into small towns, distant from each other by a lot of sea, and divided in 300,000 inhabitants.

Araujo very easily stands for Cabo Verde itself. His solitude, methodical manners, controlled and reclusive life keep him insulated from the town. Even after becoming a very successful business man he was still rejected by the local club. The void around his life is sensed everywhere. But when dies, and his will detailing his adventures is read, we and his neighbors and acquaintances discover that his life within was different, very different. Richer in excitement. Fuller in emotions. He lived indeed as an island, isolated, no one knew the Napumoceno within.
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Though this book is quite short, only about 150 pages, it left me with a lot to think about. It tells the life story of one Napumoceno da Silva Araujo, a respected and rich Cape Verdean businessman who died at a very old age and left a shocking will that was over 300 pages long and bequeathed everything to the bastard daughter no one knew he had.

The story, particularly in the beginning describing the funeral, is extremely funny in its way. The book is also notable for showing how various people's perceptions of the same events can be so different as to be come almost unrecognizable. Araujo's nephew, for instance, through his eyes is a slimy, arrogant, deceitful Uriah Heep type character, but his newfound cousin Maria de Graca sees him as a likable enough man (holding no grudge against her, although he had expected to inherit and she got it all instead), and they become friendly with each other.

Normally I can't stand overlong paragraphs and run-on sentences in books, and this book had plenty of both, but for some reason I didn't mind this time. I didn't think I would enjoy reading this nearly as much as I did, and I wish I could seek out the author's other novels, but none of them have been translated into English and I can't read Portuguese.
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