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Vencedor do Prémio Pulitzer de Ficção - "Less" de Andrew Sean Greer

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Já é conhecido o vencedor do prémio Pulitzer de Ficção. Trata-se do livro “Less” do autor americano Andrew Sean Greer.

Confesso que não conhecia nem o livro nem o autor.

O júri do prémio descreveu o livro como "Um livro generoso, musical na sua prosa e expansivo na sua estrutura”.

Caso venha a ser traduzido para português será sem dúvida uma leitura a considerar. O último vencedor, “The Underground Railroad”, do também americano Colson Whitehead, deixou-me muito boas recordações.

 

Sinopse (disponível no site Goodreads)

Who says you can't run away from your problems?

You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world.

QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town?

ANSWER: You accept them all.

What would possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last.

Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, LESS is, above all, a love story.

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as "inspired, lyrical," "elegiac," "ingenious," as well as "too sappy by half," LESS shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.

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