Blank Gaze

Blank Gaze

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Against a backdrop of rural Portuguese poverty, a handful of magical characters are living out their destiny: Jose, a shepherd, who is visited by a devil whispering violent words in his ear; Moises and Elias, Siamese twins joined at the tip of their little fingers; Gabriel, a wise man, who is over one hundred years old; and an unnamed character who sits writing alone in a windowless room. The characters are universal, and they are all at the mercy of fate - their lives are pulled in different directions and sometimes even suffocated and snuffed out.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 173g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747592721
  • 9780747592723
  • 588,044

About Jose Luis Peixoto

Jose Luis Peixoto was born in 1974 in the small Portuguese village of Alentejo. He teaches languages and contemporary literature and is also a journalist and literary critic. He is the author of seven works of fiction and poetry. Blank Gaze is his first novel, and has been published to critical acclaim around the world for its fresh, unique and utterly moving style of storytelling.
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'Brilliantly rendered ... Peixoto's ironic sensibility shines through beautifully' James Robertson 'Peixoto's evocation of pathos is tempered by a keen sense of the absurd' Financial Times 'An impressive and unusual feat ... Intensely beautiful writing packed with startling and memorable images ... his bold, incantatory prose is consistently beautiful - apparently simple but also incredibly rich and resonant' Independent 'Peixoto is one of the most surprising revelations in recent Portuguese literature. I have no doubts that he is the safe promise of a great writer' Jose Saramago
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904 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 31% (280)
4 37% (338)
3 21% (190)
2 7% (66)
1 3% (30)
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