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Learning to Pray in the Age of Technique

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The second installment in Tavares's acclaimed "Kingdom" series.

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Overview

The second installment in Tavares's acclaimed "Kingdom" series.

Dalkey Archive Press

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In his personal life, unsavory, combative protagonist Lenz Buchmann displays a "total dissolution of moral values," while his professional life as an acclaimed surgeon is "the one moral stronghold he still maintained." Tavares (Jerusalem), winner of the SaramagoPrize, uses Lenz to examine philosophical questions on subjects ranging from the power of surnames to the fearsome grandeur of ancient architecture. After determining that medicine no longer satisfies him, Lenz, believing in his superiority, embarks on a political career, and discovers that he is not immutable. Though the novel offers hedonistic acts, methodical pacing, occasionally naturalistic views, and a portrait of a man driven by ambition as well as memories of his father, this is, in the end, a time-honored take on comeuppance. Despite the careful layering of earthy vignettes and the unusual interpretation of human cruelty, the novel remains too discursive to have real emotional impact, and the conclusion yields few surprises. (Aug.)
Ipsilon
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 - Jose 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.”
Jose Saramago
“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 Castello - Ipsilon
“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 Saramago
“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 Castello - Ipsilon
“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 Saramago
“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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564786272
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Series: Portuguese Literature Series
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gonçalo M. Tavares was born in 1970. 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.

Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor, researcher, and translator. His translations include Creole (2002), The Book of Chameleons (2006), My Father’s Wives (2008), and Rainy Season (2009), by Angolan novelist José Eduardo Agualusa.

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