The Book of Chameleons

The Book of Chameleons

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Set in contemporary Angola, this novel is populated with characters whose victories never quite settle. Like any one of us, they can forget things that have happened to them, and remember things that never did. Theirs is a world where the truth seems to shift from moment to moment, where history itself is up for grabs. Agualusa's slippery narrator takes us on a vivid and enthralling journey across the shifting landscape of memory and history, and - from his unique perspective - reveals a breathtaking love story too.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 16mm | 245g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1905147155
  • 9781905147151
  • 1,696,456

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'Humorous and quizzical, with a light touch on weighty themes, the narrative darts about with lizard-like colour and velocity' -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent * 'A poetic, beguiling meditation on truth and storytelling and a political thriller and wholly satisfying murder mystery' * New Internationalist Books of the Year * 'Strange, elliptical, charming' * Guardian * 'Fierce originality, vindicating the power of creativity to transform the most sinister acts. Not since Gregor Samsa's metamorphosis have we had such a convincing non-human narrator, brought vividly home to us by Daniel Hahn' -- Amanda Hopkinson * Independent *
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About Jose Eduardo Agualusa

Jose Eduardo Agualusa was born in Huambo in 1960 and is one of the leading young literary voices from Angola, and from the Portuguese language today. His first book, The Conspiracy, a historical novel set in Sao Paulo de Luanda between 1880 and 1911, paints a fascinating portrait of a society marked by opposites, in which those who can adapt have any chance of success. Creole, which has evoked comparisons with Bruce Chatwin's The Viceroy of Ouidah, was awarded the Portuguese Grand Prize for Literature, while The Book of Chameleons won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2007 ('not since Gregor Samsa's metamorphosis have we had such a convincing non-human narrator' Independent). Arcadia will publish The Rainy Season, which depicts the devastating history of an Angola tormented by 30 years of civil war, in 2009. Agualusa divides his time between Angola, Brazil and Portugal.
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1,660 ratings
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4 39% (653)
3 29% (484)
2 7% (108)
1 2% (25)
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