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Book Title: Learning to Pray in the Age of Technique|
The author of the book: Gonçalo M. Tavares
ISBN 13: 9781564786272
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 796 KB
Edition: Dalkey Archive Press
Date of issue: 2011
Read full description of the books Learning to Pray in the Age of Technique:The second installment in Tavares’s acclaimed “Kingdom” series. In a city not quite of any particular era, a distant and calculating man named Lenz Buchmann works as a surgeon, treating his patients as little more than equations to be solved: life and death no more than results to be worked through without the least compassion. Soon, however, Buchmann’s ambition is no longer content with medicine, and he finds himself rising through the ranks of his country’s ruling party . . . until a diagnosis transforms this likely future president from a leading player into just another victim. In language that is at once precise, clinical, and oddly childlike, Gonçalo M. Tavares—the Portuguese novelist hailed by José Saramago as the greatest of his generation—here brings us another chilling investigation into the limits of human experience, mapping the creation and then disintegration of a man we might call “evil,” and showing us how he must learn to adapt in a world he can no longer dominate.
Read information about the authorGonçalo M. Tavares was born in Luanda in 1970 and teaches Theory of Science in Lisbon.
Tavares has surprised his readers with the variety of books he has published since 2001. His work is being published in over 30 countries and it has been awarded an impressive amount of national and international literary prizes in a very short time. In 2005 he won the José Saramago Prize for young writers under 35. Jerusalém was also awarded the Prêmio Portugal Telecom de Literatura em Língua Portuguesa 2007 and the LER/Millenium Prize. His novel Aprender a rezar na Era de Técnica has received the prestigious Prize of the Best Foreign Book 2010 in France. This award has so far been given to authors like Salmon Rushdie, Elias Canetti, Robert Musil, Orhan Pamuk, John Updike, Philip Roth, Gabriel García Márquez and Colm Tóibín. Aprender a rezar na Era da Técnica was also shortlisted for the renowned French literary awards Femina Étranger Prize and Médicis Prize and won the Special Price of the Jury of the Grand Prix Littéraire du Web Cultura 2010. In 2011, Tavares received the renowned Grande Prêmio da Associação Portuguesa de Escritores, as well as the prestigious Prémio Literário Fernando Namora 2011. The author was also nominated for the renowned Dutch Europese Literatuurprijs 2013 and was on the Longlist of the Best Translated Book Award Fiction 2013.
Gonçalo M. Tavares nasceu em 1970. Os seus livros deram origem, em diferentes países, a peças de teatro, peças radiofónicas, curtas-metragens e objectos de artes plásticas, vídeos de arte, ópera, performances, projectos de arquitectura, teses académicas, etc.
Estão em curso cerca de 160 traduções distribuídas por trinta e dois países. Jerusalém foi o romance mais escolhido pelos críticos do Público para «Livro da Década».
Em Portugal recebeu vários prémios, entre os quais, o Prémio José Saramago (2005) e o Prémio LER/Millennium BCP (2004), com o romance Jerusalém (Caminho); o Grande Prémio de Conto da Associação Portuguesa de Escritores «Camilo Castelo Branco» (2007) com Água, Cão, Cavalo, Cabeça (Caminho). Recebeu, ainda, diversos prémios internacionais.
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