A Man: Klaus Klump

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The final installment in Gonçalo M. Tavares's "Kingdom" cycle to be translated into English, Klaus Klump: A Man is a harrowing portrait of a man without values, making his way through a world almost as immoral. Klaus takes care of the family business; he doesn't feel fear, hunger, or love. Klaus plays a game, and this game and its object consist of one thing: making money. No matter who you are, Klaus thinks, there is only one thing of ...

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Overview

The final installment in Gonçalo M. Tavares's "Kingdom" cycle to be translated into English, Klaus Klump: A Man is a harrowing portrait of a man without values, making his way through a world almost as immoral. Klaus takes care of the family business; he doesn't feel fear, hunger, or love. Klaus plays a game, and this game and its object consist of one thing: making money. No matter who you are, Klaus thinks, there is only one thing of importance: to win rather than lose.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/28/2014
This absurdist Portuguese novella is full of non-sequiturs, narrative curlicues, offbeat observations, as well as vivid characters. Klaus Klump is a publisher who loves Johana but one night sleeps with Herthe. When war breaks out, there are atmospheric symbols including tanks and a dead horse. The plot starts to kick in when Klaus is arrested. Meanwhile, Herthe gets married to Ortho, an army officer, but her estranged brother Clako—who performs as a musician at her wedding—threatens to kill the groom. Tavares offers provocative statements such as, "Shoes are very important, because they're the things that keep the intestines intact." He also offers an extended riff on hands and fingertips and Klaus's black lips, to define his protagonist's reason, emotions, rage, physicality, and precision. Tavares's portrait of this man comes together as a mosaic, like the fragments of a news report, not a proper character study. There are also insights and commentaries about destiny, language, peacetime and wartime that culminate in an ironic ending that will prompt readers to question the characters' values and transformations. This is an interesting, albeit challenging work. (May)
From the Publisher

"Gonçalo M. Tavares burst onto the Portuguese literary scene armed with an utterly original imagination that broke through all the traditional imaginative boundaries.... I've predicted that in thirty years' time, if not before, he will win the Nobel Prize." -- José Saramago

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José Castello

The literature of Gonçalo M. Tavares is radical, and does not allow us to remain indifferent. On the contrary, it makes us uncomfortable and hurt. Tavares is a master of the art of shocking the reader.

Giulia Lancini

His writing is surreal, fun, poetic, profound, dramatic, a discourse of shock, a small bomb that pushes past the usual boundaries, the standard patterns.

Asymptote

Remarkable.

From the Publisher

"Gonçalo M. Tavares burst onto the Portuguese literary scene armed with an utterly original imagination that broke through all the traditional imaginative boundaries.... I've predicted that in thirty years' time, if not before, he will win the Nobel Prize." -- José Saramago

Dalkey Archive Press

"The literature of Gonçalo M. Tavares is radical, and does not allow us to remain indifferent. On the contrary, it makes us uncomfortable and hurt. Tavares is a master of the art of shocking the reader." -- José Castello, Ipsilon

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"His writing is surreal, fun, poetic, profound, dramatic, a discourse of shock, a small bomb that pushes past the usual boundaries, the standard patterns." -- Giulia Lancini

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781628970340
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 6/5/2014
  • Series: Portuguese Literature Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,370,689
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gonçalo M. Tavares was born in 1970 in Luanda, Angola. He has published numerous books since 2001 and has been awarded an impressive number of literary prizes in a very short time, including the Saramago Prize in 2005. He was also awarded the Prêmio Portugal Telecom de Literatura em Língua Portuguesa 2007 for Jerusalem.

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