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The Encyclopedia Series
Gonçalo M. Tavares
Translated by Rhett Mc.Neil

“The greatest gift of the Portuguese novelist Gonçalo M. Tavares is his ability, as a writer, to reduce the world to fragments and reconstruct it again as if it were his own creation. Each of his books (or set of books) is a kaleidoscope that rearranges reality for us better to observe it.” Alberto Manguel

“Gonçalo M. Tavares is a writer who is unlike any you’ve read before. He has a gift—like Flann O’Brien or Kafka or Beckett—for revealing the ways in which logic can be as faithful a servant of madness as of reason.” Mark O'Conell, The New Yorker

“I’ve predicted that in thirty years’ time, if not before, he will win the Nobel Prize and I’m sure my prediction will come true.” José Saramago

“Tavares’s standing will soon be global.” Times Literary Supplement

GONÇALO TAVARES (Luanda, 1970) has been published in almost fifty countries and has been awarded an impressive amount of national and international literary prizes. Jerusalem received the Prêmio Portugal Telecom de Literatura em Língua Portuguesa and the LER / Millenium Prize. Learning to Pray in the Age of Technique was awarded the Best Foreign Book in France. He also received the Grande Prêmio da Associação Portuguesa de Escritores. In Reading is Walking (The Encyclopedia Series), Tavares reflects, with his already distinctive style, on the subjects of Science, Fear, Connections, Music and Bloom-Literature. Beside his work as a writer, the author teaches Epistemology at the University of Lisbon.

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