Title: The Man With Seven Names A Novel of Modern Portugal
Author: Alves Redol
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Format: Hard Cover w/Jacket
Publication Year: 1964
Special Attributes: First American Edition (stated), translated from the Portuguese by Linton Lomas Barrett
Used Condition: tight binding, clean text, no marks, not price clipped, not ex-library, name of previous owner on ffep, edge worn dust jacket protected in new archival Brodart cover
Description from dust jacket:
This story by Portugal's finest contemporary novelist is told by a Portuguese prisoner confined in Occupied France for underground activity. One of his fellow prisoners, Alcides Bago de Milho, is guilty of a vicious non-political murder. The narrator, to preserve his own peace of mind by writing a story of Bago de Milho's life, persuades that violent, very widely experienced man to relate it to him day after day. He highlights it, rearranging the other man's remembered realities for literary purposes.
Alves Redol's focus thus remains deliberately double, with images of humanity and art, of violence and humor, emerging superimposed in purposeful, stereoscopic ways. Sharing Bago de Milho's extraordinary experiences, the reader falls under the spell of the seven lives of Bago de Milho, those wanderings about Portugal and the North Africa of the Foreign Legion under seven successive nicknames. And that is why the reality of the French prison returns at the end with the effect of a focus instantly sharpened.
Linton Lomas Barrett's supple, sympathetic translation of A Barca dos Sete Lemes makes clear the justice of the award to Alves Redol of the Ricardo Malheiro Prize by the Lisbon Academy of Sciences.