A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa

By José Eduardo Agualusa

Title note: unique name Teoria Geral do Esquecimento
Publish yr note: First released in 2012

As the rustic is going via numerous political upheavals from colony to socialist republic to civil warfare to peace and capitalism, the area outdoor seeps into Ludo's existence via snippets at the radio, voices from round the corner, glimpses of somebody peeing on a balcony, or a guy fleeing his pursuers. 

A basic concept of Oblivion is a superbly crafted, wild patchwork of a unique, enjoying on a love of storytelling and fantasy.

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There was a squirrel cage not far away, and I went ove. to see what was in it. It was built around the trunk of a oak and had one of those wheels that they tum. When w , came up, there was a squirrel inside it, madly making it: spin. I have always disliked these wheels, which I regard as an imposture on the squirrels. " I asked. "I don't know," the girl seriously answered. "They don't have to go in there, you know. But I suppose it must be rather discouraging for them when they stop and the wheel begins to carry them back.

It's a summer hotel for martins. " she asked. She led me by steps down a terrace that smelt rankly of grass in the autumn damp and past large symmetrical maples that had dropped their leaves in round golden rugs, to a cluster of cedars and firs where I did not remember to have been. I noticed that Sigismund's studio, which oug~t to have been visible from there, had been taken down si . summer. There was not a trace of it left; and I shocked at the thought that Ellen had had it removed 0 of bitterness.

I had crooked teeth and my head was too big for my body. " She was certainly not bad-looking now and she could never have been so homely as she imagined; but she was short and did have rather a large square head on a neck that was a little too small for it-physically, she resembled the doctor-and I could see that, with her precocious intelligence, she might not have been a belle. But her magnificent agate-green eyes must at any age have been arresting: they seemed to concentrate the light of the intellect as a powerful lens does the sun, and in this intellectual quality they suggested the eyes of a remarkable man; yet they were also extremely feminine and responded to everything that met them as the eyes of men seldom do.

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