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Fascinated by the Hungarian language - he is after all a man who lives by language, ghost writing speeches, advertisements, books - he spends the night watching television, trying to pick out words in this tongue, 'the only one the devil respects'. In charting the life of a Brazilian ghost writer enamoured with the Magyar, Chico Buarque has created his most original fiction yet. The novel coils round the reader like a magical snake from "The Arabian Nights". It is a storytelling labyrinth in Borges or Calvino mode, as Costa's myth-making, love-making and essays into another culture become mired in the world where celebrities make reputations and fortunes from the writing of anonymous others, where the reader is not sure what language, what reality is being more

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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Portuguese
  • 0747573654
  • 9780747573654

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'Chico Buarque has crossed a chasm with his writing, and arrived at the other side. To the side where one find work executed with mastery ... something new has happened in Brazil with this book.' Jose Saramago 'Perhaps the most beautiful of Chico's three mature books, Budapest is a labyrinth of mirrors whose resolution comes, not in the plot, but in the words, like in poems.' Caetano Velososhow more

About Chico Buarque

Born in Rio de Janeiro, where he still lives, Chico Buarque is a world-renowned singer and composer. His novels Turbulence and Benjamin were translated into many more

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