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The Balance of the Pendulum (Movimento pendular)

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Original Language: Brazilian Portuguese | 237 pp. | 2006

 

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Rights Sold: French (Anarchasis), Turkish (Kapi Yayinlari).

 
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Obsessed with stories of adultery, the erudite narrator of this novel begins to compile a catalog of all possible three-way relationships, constants in literature and mythology, from all cultures and time periods. He soon realizes that his plan is impossible but his research leads him to come up with a surprising theory about love triangles. Like a Scheherazade, he tells a series of tales one generating the next, spanning six continents and ranging from the origin of humankind to the beginning of the 20th century. Hailed as “the most relevant release of the ‘rentrée’” , when published last year in France, these stories end up revealing that Homo Sapiens live in an eternal balance between the impulse to betray and the fear of being betrayed; and that adultery – not incest – is the oldest human institution.