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- DescriptionIn a village in the Portuguese region of Alentejo, against a background of severe rural poverty, Jose Luis Peixoto weaves a mesmerising tale of men and women hardened by hunger and toil, but prey to love, jealousy, violence and the overwhelming power of dynastic fate. Jose, a taciturn shepherd, sees his happiness slowly crumble away as the 'devil' tells him he is being cuckolded. Old Gabriel, aged 120, offers wise counsel, while a different kind of love story develops concerning Siamese twins joined at the tips of their little fingers. Unable to live without each other, their tender communion is shattered when one of them falls in love with the local cook. And, of course, there is the Devil himself. Peixoto has written a book of haunting beauty. There are touches of the magical but this is t magic realism. Peixoto deals in archetypes as his characters seem driven by a fate beyond them to fulfil their roles in a never-ending cycle of violence, retribution and death. The village is a unique, richly textured world but it could be a village in any impoverished rural setting. Its characters are universal as are their hopes in the face of hardship. Love may be a luxury but there are moments of the greatest tenderness among even the most unlikely lovers.
- Author BiographyJose Lui s Peixoto was born in 1974 in the Portuguese region of Alentejo. A journalist, poet and literary critic, and a heavy metal fan, he teaches languages and contemporary literature. Published and acclaimed in many languages, Blank Gaze won the Jose Saramago Prize in 2001.
- Author(s)Jose Luis Peixoto
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication05/11/2007
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Width135 mm
- Height216 mm
- Translated byJohn Gledson
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