Antunes and Falkner, No Link

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Let’s sever the link between Antunes and Faulkner before moving on. Early in The Death of Carlos Gardel (1994, unavailable in English), there’s an eleven page monologue by a great-great-grandfather that’s identical to the syntax in The Sound and the Fury (the past interrupting the present in italics), and yet Antunes, as if acknowledging the influence but signaling he will take it from here, kills the great-great-grandfather by the end of those eleven pages, and that exact syntax is never to be seen again. Faulkner’s and Antunes’s “quality of vision” is not similar either, so to dismiss Antunes by claiming Faulkner did it first is ridiculous. No one writes like Antonio Lobo Antunes.

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Glad they made an argument for this.

Unfortunate that it does not make reading either author any more enjoyable.

I get no joy out of typing that either.

Lobo Antunes is a hell of a writer. Thanks for linking to the piece.


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