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New York. 1983. Random House. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. Translated from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Lowe. 155 pages. May 1983. hardcover. Jacket art by Filip Pagowski. 0394525744. keywords: Literature Translated Portugal. inventory # 28800. FROM THE PUBLISHER-Awesomely powerful, SOUTH OF NOWHERE is a novel about colonial ambition and depravity in Africa, and about a man's perverse and relentless seduction of a woman. One night in a bar in Lisbon in the early 1970s, a veteran of hostilities between Portugal and Angolan liberation movements who has spent some time in a mental asylum is thing both to charm and to unburden himself on a woman he has picked up in a nightclub – an interlocutor as silent as the one in Camus' THE FALL. As they drink Scotch after Scotch, the Lisbon man recounts a horrifying and devastating nightmare: his infernal tour of duty as a doctor in the jungles of Angola. Here and there he interrupts his story with bad, albeit hilarious and affecting, news from another war front: the relations between men and women. Extraordinary for the originality of its form, the force and luminosity of its language, the slyness of its writ, and the radical urgency of its concerns. South of Nowhere is a striking contribution to the literary culture of our times.
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