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Nathaniel, from Senegal, wrote about «Act of the Damned» in Goodreads.com

Act of the Damned” is an absolute lunatic novel. The disturbingly besotted and predatory air of Antunes’s work is reminiscent of dark and frenetic passages from Hunter S. Thompson, Ignacio de Loyola Brandao, Boris Vian and perhaps the creepiest bits of Roald Dahl. This is to say that the prose is unusually visceral, coarse, disorganized, playful and interested in avoiding pretention in favor of a swaggering strangeness.
A few scattered sentences like, “After endless nights of talk and drink and syringes, of God knows how many grams of pills and heroin, I return to the world at two or three in the afternoon, surrounded by your collection of old hats, the overflowing ashtrays and the smell of urine from the Siamese that struts over the covers while we sleep, I return with the weariness of a septuagenarian frog, my kidneys splitting with pain as I flounder in a swamp of algae” made me feel like I could imagine what sort of influences went into the scattershot construction of this multi…

Sue, from Whispering Gums, about «The Natural Order of Things»

Virtuosic? Tour de force? These are such clichéd terms to use in a review – and yet, I can find no other words to better describe Portuguese writer António Lobo Antunes’ 1992 novel, The natural order of things. This is one of those beautifully written, but rather challenging, books that you know you really should read again to get all those nuances, relationships, and connections that you sense but can’t quite fully grasp. If that puts you off reading the book, so be it, but in doing so you’ll miss something quite special.
As you might expect the title is ironic – there is very little natural order here. The novel does not follow the “natural (aka chronological) order” either of fiction or of life. The characters – including a middle-aged man living with a schoolgirl, a miner who “flies” underground, a girl/woman who spends her life in an attic, an ex-secret policeman who teaches hypnotism by correspondence – do not fit the “natural order” either.
The imagery is rich, evocative and e…

ABC Cultura - «Los hijos de Lobo Antunes»

La sombra del escritor portugués, eterno candidato al Nobel, es alargada en la literatura de su país
La literatura de la mente y sus recovecos se escuda en António Lobo Antunes para proyectarse al límite. Las fronteras del cerebro se abren de par en par a través de su pluma estilográfica (¿o es que alguien puede imaginarse al eterno candidato al Nobel apostado, a sus 73 años, tras un impersonal ordenador?), guiada no sólo por su imaginación trufada de memoria histórica y recuerdos periodísticos angoleños. Su hermano João, eminente neurocirujano que ejerce de profesor emérito en la Universidad de Lisboa después de su carrera como investigador en Nueva York, se encuentra en la recámara. De sus conversaciones sobre los retos de la humanidad se infieren miles de matices que se alojan en los libros del desasosiego de este expsiquiatra rendido al poder de la palabra.
Cuando Svetlana Alexiévich fue la elegida en octubre por la Academia Sueca, todo Portugal sintió una vez más que aún no era t…