Night train to Lisbon: A Novel
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A huge international best seller, this ambitious novel plumbs the depths of our shared humanity to offer up a breathtaking insight into life, love, and literature itself. A major hit in Germany that went on to become one of Europe's biggest literary blockbusters in the last five years, Night Train to Lisbon is an astonishing novel, a compelling exploration of consciousness, the possibility of truly understanding another person, and the ability of language to define our very selves. RaimundGregorius is a Latin teacher at a Swiss college who one day-after a chance encounter with a mysterious Portuguese woman-abandons his old life to start a new one. He takes the night train to Lisbon and carries with him a book by Amadeu de Prado, a (fictional) Portuguese doctor and essayist whose writings explore the ideas of loneliness, mortality, death, friendship, love, and loyalty. Gregorius becomes obsessed by what he reads and restlessly struggles to comprehend the life of the author. His investigations lead him all over the city of Lisbon, as he speaks to those who were entangled in Prado's life. Gradually, the picture of an extraordinary man emerges-a doctor and poet who rebelled against Salazar's dictatorship.
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|Grouping Title||night train to lisbon|
|Grouping Author||mercier pascal|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-02-22 22:47:22PM|
|Last Indexed||2019-02-23 00:02:12AM|
|auth_author2||Harshav, Barbara, 1940-|
|author||Mercier, Pascal, 1944-|
|available_at_catalog||Bellevue, Bellevue Kids, Inglewood, Main Kids, Main Library|
|detailed_location_catalog||Bellevue - Adult Fiction, Inglewood - Adult Fiction, Main Library - Adult Fiction|
The bestselling novel of love and sacrifice under fascist rule, and "a treat for the mind. One of the best books I have read in a long time" (Isabel Allende).
Raimund Gregorius, a professor of dead languages at a Swiss secondary school, lives a life governed by routine. Then, an enigmatic Portuguese woman stirs his interest in an obscure, and mind-expanding book of philosophy that opens the possibility of changing Raimund's existence. That same night, he takes the train to Lisbon to research the book's phantom author, Amadeu de Prado, a renowned physician whose principles led him to confront Salazar's dictatorship. Raimund, now obsessed with unlocking the mystery behind the man, is determined to meet all those on whom Prado left an indelible mark. Among them: his eighty-year-old sister, who maintains her brother's house as if it were a museum; an elderly cleric and torture survivor confined to a nursing home; and Prado's childhood friend and eventual partner in the Resistance. The closer Raimund comes to the truth of Prado's life, and eventual fate, an extraordinary tale takes shape amid the labyrinthine memories of Prado's intimate circle of family and friends, working in utmost secrecy to fight dictatorship, and the betrayals that threaten to expose them.
"A meditative, deliberate exploration of loneliness, language and the human condition" (The San Diego Union-Tribune), Night Train to Lisbon "call[s] to mind the magical realism of Jorge Amado or Gabriel Garcia Marquez . . . allusive and thought-provoking, intellectually curious and yet heartbreakingly jaded," and inexorably propelled by the haunting mystery at its heart (The Providence Journal).
Night Train to Lisbon was adapted into Bille August's award-winning 2013 film starring Jeremy Irons, Lena Olin, Christopher Lee, and Charlotte Rampling.
|isbn||9780802118585, 9780802143976, 9781555849238|
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|owning_library_catalog||Nashville Public Library|
|owning_location_catalog||Bellevue, Bellevue Kids, Inglewood, Main Kids, Main Library|
|record_details||ils:CARL0000299079|Book|Books||English|Grove Press,|c2008.|438 p. ; 24 cm., overdrive:dd6b61fc-78e7-4ea8-98b8-d0340276b0e0|eBook|eBook||English|Grove Atlantic|2008||
|subject_facet||Self-realization -- Fiction, Teachers -- Fiction, Teachers -- Travel -- Europe -- Fiction|
|title_display||Night train to Lisbon|
|title_full||Night Train to Lisbon A Novel, Night train to Lisbon / Pascal Mercier ; translated from the German by Barbara Harshav|
|title_short||Night train to Lisbon|
|topic_facet||Fiction, Literature, Self-realization, Teachers, Travel|