le 10 septembre 2009
having found this book by chance, it has revealed as a fantastic read. The story itself is not important, but the phrasing, the careful wording makes it literature-wonder. At least it is book without blood, murder sex or terror and war, but a book about values that some of us, maybe most of us, have forgotten. I hope that Mr Mercier will reward us soon with another book or story with that serenity, although I think it will be difficult to surpass. Congratulations!!!
le 10 septembre 2015
The main character, Gregorius, teaches classical languages at a Swiss lycée, and lives a life governed by routine.
One day, he comes into possession of a book, written by Prado, a deceased Portuguese aristocrat. Deeply absorbed by Prado's philosophical writings he changes his life in order to discover more about him. He takes the train to Lisbon that same night, exploring Prado's life during Antonio de Oliveira Salazar's dictatorship in Portugal. Through Prado's book, he learns that the author was a doctor and poet who had taken up arms and fought against Salazar.
This book is something different and very interesting to read.