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The Book of Emotions (O livro das emoções)



Original Language: Brazilian Portuguese | 256 | 2008

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Rights Sold: USA (Dalkey Archive Press).

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In a future Brazil, a blind photographer considers a sequence of his old photographs. Isolating in his memory the moments in which they were taken and attempting to analyze them much like a lens, he envisions “a haiku stripped of rhetoric that captures only what is in front of the camera.” Yet, deprived of his sight, the photographer now must reconstruct his experiences as a series of affective snapshots. The result, then, is not only the description of a remembered image, but also of the emotional memory the image evokes. João Almino here gives us a trenchant portrait of an artist trying to close the gap between objective vision and sentimental memory, leafing through a catalog of his accomplishments and failures in a violent, artificial, universal city, and trying to reassemble the puzzle that was his life. As a review in Publishers Weekly states, “Almino succeeds in capturing the essences of these photographs — loneliness and longing — through language, and readers will sympathize with the artist who never receives the love or respect he seeks and deserves.” A review in BookForum states that “an existentialist in the manner of Clarice Lispector, Almino writes from the confines of his narrator’s consciousness in a blunt, unadorned prose.”