The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
The world's threats are universal like the sun but Ricardo Reis takes shelter under his own shadow.
Back in Lisbon after sixteen years practicing medicine in Brazil, Ricardo Reis wanders the rain-sodden streets. He longs for the unattainably aristocratic Marcenda, but it is Lydia, the hotel chamber maid who makes and shares his bed. His old friend, the poet Fernando Pessoa, returns to see him, still wearing the suit he was buried in six weeks earlier. It is 1936, the clouds of Fascism are gathering ominously above them, so they talk; a wonderful, rambling discourse on art, truth, poetry, philosophy, destiny and love.
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Review: The Year of the Death of Ricardo ReisUser Review - Kent Winward - Goodreads
This is a haunting novel that I read almost four months before I wrote this little "review." Like Blindnessthis novel has stuck with me more as a sense impression than for the actual plot. This is probably the closest to Kafka I have read without it actually being Kafka. Read full review
Review: The Year of the Death of Ricardo ReisUser Review - Eliza - Goodreads
8/10/2013: Well, Tooey, this one's for you. Because I shouldn't be writing a review at all, having broken my #1 rule of reading (Finish what you start!). I confess. I didn't finish TYOTDORR. I did ... Read full review