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Meet José Luís Peixoto, one of Portugal’s most celebrated young novelists
Boekehuis Bookshop, Cnr. Lothbury and Fawley Streets, Auckland Park
Saturday 27 August: 12h00 for 12h30
RSVP: Friday 26/8 on 011 482 3609 or Boekehuis@boekehuis.co.za
The Consul-General of Portugal and Boekehuis bookshop have the pleasure of inviting you to a reading and discussion with Portuguese novelist José Luís Peixoto, The author of The Piano Cemetery Peixoto will be in conversation with Ana Rocha, Portuguese lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, and he will be reading from his new novel
“Peixoto’s fragmented narrative snippets are unique in their lyricism and musicality, each sentence boasting a certain rhythmic beauty, Peixoto’s prose floating through the mind as beautifully as music drifts through the air.”
Laura Hawkins in www.literateur.com
“... Peixoto’s triumph is in the way he makes us feel, in fewer than 300 pages, that we have spent decades with this family, as though we have been reading a remarkably effective condensed version of Galsworthy’s The Forsyte Saga or Mahfouz’s The Cairo Trilogy, or listened to 30 years’ worth of The Archers in a couple of hours.” – Jake Kerridge about The Piano Cemetery in the Financial Times
About José Luís Peixoto:
José Luis Peixoto, is one of Portugal’s most celebrated young novelists, playwright and literary critics. Peixoto’s first novel Blank Gaze / The Implacable Order of Things (winner of the Jose Saramago Literary Award in 2001) was elected by the Financial Times as one of 2007 best books and in the USA was part of the 'Discover Great New Writer's selection of Barnes & Noble.
In 2003, he wrote the short-story collection 'Antidote' in a joint project with the heavy metal band Moonspell, which brought in new readers from all over the world..
He has published poetry and fiction and received the Prize Jovens Criadores (Young Creators) for the years 1997, 1998 and 2000.
In 2007, The Piano Cemetery was distinguished with the Spanish Calamo Literary Award for the best novel published in Spanish translation in the previous year.
His novels are translated in 20 languages.
Both Blank Gaze and The Piano Cemetery will be on sale at Boekehuis
About The Piano Cemetery:
Peixoto’s second novel, The Piano Cemetery, fictionalises the contextual background and heritage of Francisco Lazaro, a Portuguese athlete who died at the Stockholm Olympic Games in 1912, after completing thirty kilometres of the marathon. Told through fragmented narrative slices, Peixoto examines the domestic triumphs, trivialities and tragedies of the Lisbon born, working class Lazaro family.
The Piano Cemetery mediates the posthumous narrative of Francisco’s father and Francisco himself, as he runs the 1912 Olympic marathon. Through the use of two intertwining narratives, the history of the Lazaro family is retold from two often conflicting perspectives. This is a history of love, marriage and childbirth; but also of domestic violence, betrayal and eventually familial destruction.
Some reviews of The Piano Cemetery can be found at:
Quotes from Peixoto’s work:
"Suffering is tossed by handfuls over the multitudes, wit hmost of it falling on some people and little or none of it on others."
– José Luís Peixoto (The Implacable Order of Things: A Novel – translated by)
"one day, when tenderness has become the single rule of the morning,/ I will wake in your arms. perhaps your skin will be overly gorgeous./ and the light will include the impossible understanding of love."
– José Luís Peixoto (A Criança em Ruínas)
"Memory is like a curse. We fall into eternity, and memory is a weight that keeps pulling us to where we can never go back to."
– José Luís Peixoto (Antídoto)