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Violeta among the Stars (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 24/06/2021
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suddenly

I should have stayed at home, I should have stayed at home, I should have stayed at home, for some time, seconds, hours, I can do nothing,


suddenly I stop



Violeta is driving along a lonely stretch of late-night motorway, in the midst of a fearsome storm. When her tired eyes close for just a second, her car veers off the road, rolls down a muddy embankment, over and over, and comes to rest on an empty stretch of sodden ground.

And as she lies amid the wreckage of her car, suspended between this world and the next, Violeta's life will quite literally flash before her eyes . . .

Scenes from her past overlap with what happened right before the accident: her upbringing with her distant, critical mother; her father's mysterious double-life; her troubled relationship with her daughter; her life on the road as she drives between waxing product-selling appointments with breaks at motorway service stations, the abuse from other travellers mocking her size, the alcohol, the risky encounters with lorry drivers on filthy public toilet floors...

Violeta Among the Stars weaves memories and feelings as Violeta reflects on her death, her life, her reality and her dreams. An astonishing portrait of a seemingly insignificant life, from one of Portugal's greatest living writers.

Translated from the Portuguese by Angel Gurria-Quintana

Angel Gurria-Quintana is a historian, journalist and literary translator from Spanish and Portuguese. He writes regularly for the books pages of the Financial Times, and his translations include the anthology Other Carnivals: Short Stories from Brazil and The Return, by Dulce Maria Cardoso.

With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781529402445
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 222 x 142 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A vibrant style, a brilliant novel * De Standaard *
Every word is in the right place and the result is pure music * De Volkskrant *
A devastating novel * Matricule des Anges *
A powerful, moving monologue that weaves intimate voices with the history of contemporary Portugal -- Veronique Rossignol * Livre Hebdo *
Exceptional ... absolutely compelling ... this novel is truly unforgettable -- Anne Cunningham * Irish Independent *
Quite extraordinary and a privilege to read . . . Devastating but immensely moving . . . Violeta among the Stars is related with rare eloquence -- Rosie Goldsmith * European Literature Network *

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“Interesting Concept”

When I first started this - my heart sank a little when I noticed the writing style. It is essentially one stream of consciousness with no chapters and what looked like no structure. Reading it and listening to the... More

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“Translation”

I picked up this book as the title intrigued me and also because the author has been described as one of Portugal’s greatest living writers.

Violeta has overturned her car and as her life hangs in the balance, all... More

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“Compelling and expertly written”

One woman’s story of tragedy intertwined with memories, dreams and feelings. We start the book with Violeta in a violent car crash and the next 400ish pages are what I would describe as a mix of flashbacks, ramblings,... More

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