Budapest : a novel

by Buarque, Chico, 1944-

Format: Print Book 2004
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"In an age of borders, Chico Buarque's masterpiece Budapest dissolves frontiers, creating an odd new world, where everything is being constantly reborn: words, writing, language, loss, and, above all, love. . . . I can think of no contemporary English language novel as joyful, daring, and innovative-nor as great a pleasure to read." -Richard Flanagan, author of Gould's Book of Fish "Budapest is a deeply beautiful book, and a masterpiece of narrative deftness. . . . It is a novel wise about many things-migration, language, culture, human nature-but its compassion is its greatest wisdom." -Anne Michaels "Chico Buarque has crossed a chasm with his writing, and arrived at the other side. To the side where one finds work executed with mastery . . . something new has happened in Brazil with this book." -José Saramago "Budapest is a labyrinth of mirrors whose resolution comes, not in the plot, but in the words, like in poems." -Caetano Veloso
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In his third novel, one of the greatest figures in contemporary Brazilian music once again shows himself to be an accomplished fiction writer. In lyrical prose, Buarque limns the psychology of a Brazilian ghostwriter who, while working for a Rio agency as a speechwriter, attends a writers' conference abroad and finds himself waylaid in Budapest. During his forced stopover in the Hungarian capital, the local language assaults, stimulates, and intrigues him--Hungarian being the only language in the world that the devil respects --and he must learn it fluently. What his pursuit has to do with a young lady he meets in Budapest and how his obsession with gaining fluency in this foreign tongue affects his life with his disrespectful wife back in Rio are the heart of this thoughtful and even exciting novel, which is underscored, first, by the main character's conviction that there is no life outside Hungary and, second, by the author's exploration of language as one's primary sense of personal identity. --Brad Hooper Copyright 2004 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Jose Costa, a vain ghostwriter and inveterate amateur linguist in his late 30s, is the narrator of this potent cross-cultural romp through Rio de Janeiro and Budapest. As Costa is returning to Brazil from an "anonymous authors' convention" in Istanbul, a bomb threat forces his plane to land in the Hungarian capital, where he is immediately bewitched by the Magyar language, "rumoured to be the only tongue in the world the devil respects." Back in Rio he starts to mouth Hungarian while asleep and ghostwrites The Gynographer, a farcically oversexed gothic autobiography. Growing tired of his job and sour marriage, Costa jets back to Budapest, where he stalks and seduces both the language and Kriska, a divorced mother who sadistically tutors him in Hungarian. Costa masters the language soon enough-too soon to be entirely believable-and begins ghostwriting in his adopted tongue until the authorities deport him on a visa violation. What ruse can get him back to Budapest and Kriska? Buarque (Turbulence; Benjamin), a renowned Brazilian composer and musician, concocts a predictable postmodern conceit to wrap things up, a smoke-and-mirrors metatextual gimmick. On the whole, however, this slim book-a hybrid travelogue-romance-satire-intro to literary theory recalling Gogol and Borges, among others-is anything but stale: dark comedy abounds, and Costa's metaphorical language about language is refreshingly lyrical, bracing and ruminative. Agent, Bloomsbury Publishing (U.K.). (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Brazilians -- Hungary -- Budapest -- Fiction.
Ghostwriters -- Fiction.
Budapest (Hungary) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Grove Press,2004
Other Titles Budapeste.
Contributors Entrekin, Alison.
Language English
Description 183 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0802117821
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