1001 Livros Para Ler Antes de Morrer – 131 a 140

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(Lembrete: sinopses em Inglês denotam livros que ainda não foram traduzidos para Português – que eu me tenha apercebido.)

131.

Disappearance

David Dabydeen

Sinopse: A young Afro-Guyanese engineer comes to a coastal Kentish village as part of a project to shore up its sea-defences. He boards with an old English woman, Mrs Rutherford, and through his relationship with her discovers the latent violence and raw emotions present in this apparently placid village. He discovers, too, that underlying the village’s essential Englishness, echoes of the imperial past resound. In the process, he is forced to reconsider his perceptions of himself and his native Guyana, and in particular to question his engineer’s certainties in the primacy of the empirical and the rational. This is a richly intertextual novel which uses reference to the novels of Conrad, Wilson Harris and V.S. Naipaul’s The Enigma of Arrival to set up a multi-layered dialogue concerning the nature of Englishness, the legacy of Empire and different perspectives on the nature of history and reality.

132.

The Invention of Curried Sausage

Uwe Timm

Sinopse: This clever novel tells the story of how curried sausage was created. The narrator is convinced that the delicacy was invented in his native Hamburg sometime during or after World War II, not in Berlin in the 1950s, as is commonly believed. His faint memories from childhood lead him to Lena Bruckner, the curried-sausage street vendor of his youth. He finds her living in a retirement home, and through a series of interviews, she slowly reveals the story behind the creation of curried sausage. And what a story it is! Weaving wartime intrigue, clandestine love affairs, black-market subterfuge, and life during the Nazi era, Lena’s story traces the development of the sausage while simultaneously mapping the effects of such diverse elements as war, love, and abandonment on the human spirit. A best-seller in Germany, this highly entertaining, powerful work will dazzle American readers. (From Booklist)

133.

The Shipping News

E. Annie Proulx

Sinopse: In this touching and atmospheric novel set among the fishermen of Newfoundland, Proulx tells the story of Quoyle. From all outward appearances, Quoyle has gone through his first 36 years on earth as a big schlump of a loser. He’s not attractive, he’s not brilliant or witty or talented, and he’s not the kind of person who typically assumes the central position in a novel. But Proulx creates a simple and compelling tale of Quoyle’s psychological and spiritual growth. Along the way, we get to look in on the maritime beauty of what is probably a disappearing way of life.

134.

Trainspotting

Irvine Welsh

Sinopse: Trainspotting fala-nos de um grupo de jovens da Edimburgo dos anos noventa, tão desesperadamente realistas que para eles o futuro é inconcebível. Ao contrário dos que procuram o dinheiro ou o êxito, eles frequentam o lado obscuro da vida, buscam as sensações intensas e o prazer imediato na heroína, no sexo e no rock-and-roll. Irvine Welsh conseguiu fazer literatura da áspera linguagem dos seus personagens, semelhante à que podemos encontrar em ruas de qualquer cidade europeia. Trainspotting tornou-se um dos acontecimentos culturais da última década na Grã-Bretanha, foi adaptado ao teatro e agora ao cinema por Danny Boyle.

135.

O Canto dos Pássaros

Sebastian Faulks

Sinopse: Aplaudida pela crítica e pelos leitores internacionais, esta intensa obra romântica embora simultaneamente realista, atravessa três gerações e o inimaginável fosso entre a I Guerra Mundial e o presente. À medida que o jovem inglês Stephen Wraysford vive um tempestuoso romance com Isabelle Azaire, em França, e entra no obscuro e surreal mundo existente por baixo das trincheiras da Terra de Ninguém, Sebastian Faulks cria um mundo fictício que é tão trágico como O Adeus às Armas, de Hemingway e tão sensual como O Paciente Inglês. Inserido entre as ruínas da guerra e a indestrutibilidade do amor, O Canto dos Pássaros é um romance que vai maravilhar o leitor português.

136.

Looking for the Possible Dance

A.L. Kennedy

Sinopse: A first novel which dissects the intricate difficulties of human relationships, from a Scotswoman’s passionate attachment to her father and her more problematic involvement with her lover, to the wider social relations between pupil and teacher, employer and employee, individual and state.

137.

Operation Shylock

Philip Roth

Sinopse: Operation Shylock boasts not only a character named Philip Roth, a Jewish-American novelist, but an impostor who is claiming to be him. Roth’s impostor causes a furor in Israel by advocating “Diasporism,” the polar opposite of Zionism, encouraging Israelis to return home to eastern Europe. In Israel the real Roth attends the trial of a former Nazi, and also observes at a West Bank military court dealing harshly with young Palestinians. Through stark counterpoint between distorted doubles, along with his trademark bawdy humor, Roth comically explores the tensions of his identity as a writer, as a Jew, and as a human being. *PEN/Faulkner Award 1994*

138.

Complicity

Iain Banks

Sinopse: An exploration of the morality of greed, corruption and violence. When several prominent people die mysteriously, the police beat a path to the door of an Edinburgh journalist known for his drug abuse and total commitment to computer games. By the author of  The Wasp Factory and The Crow Road.

139.

On Love

Alain de Botton

Sinopse: Two words on the cover (“a novel”) are the only hint that this unusual first book is fiction and not autobiography. The unnamed narrator is a London architect who becomes involved with Chloe, a graphic designer. After about a year, Chloe leaves him for an office-mate, and, as a result, the narrator tries (unsuccessfully) to kill himself. Eventually he gets over Chloe and falls in love with someone else. The novel’s action is minimal; the balance of the book is given over to the narrator’s obsessive analysis of his relationship with Chloe. The book was likely intended as a Barthesian look at that peculiar heart condition called love, but the overblown and pretentious writing obliterates any comparison, peppered as it is with such winking turns-of-phrase as “cartographic fascism.” The author is clearly intelligent and well- read; perhaps some day he will put those assets to good literary use.

140.

What a Carve Up!

Jonathan Coe

Sinopse: A brilliant noir farce, a dystopian vision of Britain, a family history and the story of an obsession. Michael is a lonely, rather pathetic writer, obsessed by the film What a Carve Up! in which a mad knifeman cuts his way through the inhabitants of a decrepid stately pile as the thunder rages. Inexplicably he is commissioned to write the family history of the Winshaws, an upper class Yorkshire clan whose members have a finger in every establishment pie, from arms dealing to art dealing, from politics to banking to the popular press,. During his research Michael realises that the Winshaws have cast a blight onto his life as they have on Britain. His confidence, his sexual and personal identity begin to reform In a climax set in the Winshaws’ family seat the novel turns into the film What a Carve Up! as a murderous maniac stalks the family…



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