A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa

By José Eduardo Agualusa

Title note: unique identify Teoria Geral do Esquecimento
Publish yr note: First released in 2012

As the rustic is going via numerous political upheavals from colony to socialist republic to civil struggle to peace and capitalism, the realm open air seeps into Ludo's existence via snippets at the radio, voices from round the corner, glimpses of somebody peeing on a balcony, or a guy fleeing his pursuers.

A normal thought of Oblivion is a wonderfully crafted, wild patchwork of a unique, taking part in on a love of storytelling and delusion.

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Il m’en dit la nature. Il me montra comment lui rendre la pareille. Je crois bien n’avoir vu là d’abord qu’un prolon54 G4/450-D65677-BAT-3 à fin Page 55 Mardi, 4. juillet 2006 4:42 16 gement naturel de nos séances dans son cabinet de curiosités. À près d’un siècle de distance, je donne raison à l’enfant innocent que j’étais : il ne convient pas d’attacher à de telles actions des valeurs morales qu’elles ne comportent point ; des valeurs fausses, enfantées par l’imagination morbide de prêtres vicieux, et qui ne sont point meilleures d’être partagées par le plus grand nombre.

Je roule au sol et je suis assez proprement rossé par la petite troupe. Je rampe pour m’extraire de son emprise quand en un instant elle s’éparpille au vent, comme une volée d’hirondelles. Je me redresse, mais dans ce mouvement brusque le sang me monte au cerveau et je perds connaissance. Saint-Fonds, puisque c’était lui qui avait, à grands coups de canne, dispersé mes courageux adversaires, me fit porter à l’intérieur de sa demeure, sous les fenêtres desquelles nous venions de livrer bataille.

Il se mit à rire pour ne point fondre en larmes à son tour, et me fit relever, me disant qu’il s’agissait aussi d’apprendre à Péron les rudiments de l’élevage bovin. Et que Denise avait pour instruction de faire de moi un honnête garçon vacher, dans le temps de mon séjour. Je descendis à l’étable retrouver ma préceptrice. Saint-Fonds s’en alla promener durant tout ce jour, et nous ne le vîmes que pour le dîner, qu’il présida en me faisant beaucoup de questions sur mes progrès du jour ; mais je remarquai 62 G4/450-D65677-BAT-3 à fin Page 63 Mardi, 4.

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