A General Theory of Oblivion

A General Theory of Oblivion

Book - 2015
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"As the country goes through various political upheavals from colony to socialist republic to civil war to peace and capitalism, the world outside seeps into Ludo's life through snippets on the radio, voices from next door, glimpses of someone peeing on a balcony, or a man fleeing his pursuers. A General Theory of Oblivion is a perfectly crafted, wild patchwork of a novel, playing on a love of storytelling and fable"--
Publisher: Brooklyn : Archipelago Books, 2015
ISBN: 9780914671312
Branch Call Number: AGU
Characteristics: 244 p. ;,17 cm
Additional Contributors: Hahn, Daniel


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Jun 29, 2020

Amazing true story of Angolan-Independence and survival of main character, Ludo. She, and at least 4 others and their webs, inter-connect in lead-up to Shakespearean climax. I did have to re-read it to figure out the interconnections...but in so doing, was doubly impressed with Agualusa's brilliant mesh of fiction and non-fiction. Superb. Would love to see his intention of a screenplay realized.

Oct 20, 2018

Poetic, beautiful and sad.

Jan 27, 2018

A little treasure. Well written snippets of the life of a woman shut in her apartment for thirty years during the struggles of independent Angola. Truth and fiction mixed with mystery. A great translation reflects the simple but captivating style.


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Jun 26, 2017

If, while we are asleep, we can dream of sleeping, can we then, when awake, awaken within a more lucid reality?

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