978-0-8021-3421-9 • $14.00 • Paperback • Sep. 1995
On the tenth anniversary of the return of their battalion
from Mozambique, five men attempt to rekindle the fraternal bond that helped
them survive the colonial war that was Portugal’s Vietnam. In turn, they tell
the stories of their lives before, during, and after the revolution that
overthrew the long-lived Salazar dictatorship.
Internationally acclaimed for his fictionalized memoir of
the Angolan war, Antunes has, with Fado Alexandrino, raised a fabulous
Lisbon from the ashes of his four failed but unforgettable protagonists, and in
the process has firmly established his reputation as the century’s foremost
novelist in the Portuguese language.
Fado Alexandrino is one of the richest novels to come
out of Europe in recent years. Moreover, it reveals a society and culture still
too little known to the English-speaking world.