"The Natural Order of Things" is a tale of two families and the secrets that bind them. The voices of Antunes' characters -- an army officer being tortured in prison on charges of conspiracy; an elderly man, once a miner in Mozambique, now reduced to dreams of "flying underground"; a diabetic teenage girl and the middle-aged husband she despises; the officer's illegitimate sister, locked away to haunt the house like Bertha Rochester in Jane Eyre -- create a portrait of a disintegrating Portugal, a personal political history ...

The Natural Order of Things 2001, Grove Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9780802138132

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The Natural Order of Things 2000, Grove/Atlantic, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780802116581