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The Land at the End of the World

A Novel

António Lobo Antunes (Author), Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)


One of the twentieth century's most original literary voices delivers a haunting and heartrending meditation on the absurdities of love and war.

Considered to be António Lobo Antunes's masterpiece, The Land at the End of the World--now in a new and fully restored translation by acclaimed translator Margaret Jull Costa--recounts the anguished tale of a Portuguese medic haunted by memories of war, who, like the Ancient Mariner, will tell his tale to anyone who listens. In the tradition of William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez, Lobo Antunes weaves words into an exhilarating tapestry, imbuing his prose with the grace and resonance of poetry. The narrator, freshly returned to Lisbon after his hellish tour of duty in Angola, confesses the traumas of his memory to a nameless lover. Their evening unfolds like a fever dream, as Lobo Antunes leaps deftly back and forth from descriptions of postdictatorship Portugal to the bizarre and brutal world of life on the front line. The result is both tragic and absurd, and belongs among the great war novels of the modern age.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • May 2011
  • ISBN 978-0-393-07776-6
  • 6 × 8.6 in / 224 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Dazzling metaphors and surreal images breathe life into this tragic lament about a war that made brutes of its soldiers. Lobo Antunes crafts a story that often reads like poetry, delivering a message as relevant today as it was 30 years ago.” — Tamzin Baker, Financial Times

“This great novel has the rare distinction of now having been translated twice. Margaret Jull Costa’s new translation must be considered definitive.” — The Calouste Gulbekian Prize

“Should become definitve… Antunes’s great novel, which was first published in 1979, and is set...in Angola, presents very different challenges to the translator: the novelist’s broad range of allusions, which Jull Costa tackles… with elaborate use of imagery and metaphor.” — Adrian Tahourdin, Times Literary Supplement

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