The Great Shadow: And Other Stories

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Scb Distributors, 1996 - Fiction - 249 pages
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These stories further explore the dark and fantastic world of the Portuguese author of Lucio's Confession. In 1916, Sa-Carneiro, the great friend of Fernando Pessoa, committed suicide in Paris; he was only twenty-six years old, but he left behind him an extraordinary body of work, dealing obsessively with the problems of identity, madness and solitude. The stories in this collection all date from the author's time in Paris, and all bristle with "his distaste for the banal and the ordinary, his longing for some supreme experience" (Costa).

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User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

Decadent writing at its best. Sá-Carneiro is obsessed with artistry and lavishing lush detail on everything he sees, including an outsider's live in Paris at the turn of the last century. One of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mike Lester - Goodreads

This, next to Lolita, is probably my favorite book. I want to be buried with both books at my side. The Great Shadow is not quite a novel, and not quite a prose poem. It is a dream glimpsed through ... Read full review



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Margaret Jull Costa has translated into the English more than 35 books, including Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago's "All the Names" & "The Tale of the Unknown Island", Antonio Perez Reverte's "The Flander's Panel", Fernando Pessoa's Book of Disquiet" & Luisa Valenzuela's "Bedside Manners". She lives in London.

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