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Night Train to Lisbon

Mercier, Pascal (Book - 2008)
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A huge international best seller, this ambitious novel plumbs the depths of our shared humanity to offer up a breathtaking insight into life, love, and literature itself. A major hit in Germany that went on to become one of Europe's biggest literary blockbusters in the last five years, Night Train to Lisbon is an astonishing novel, a compelling exploration of consciousness, the possibility of truly understanding another person, and the ability of language to define our very selves. Raimund Gregorius is a Latin teacher at a Swiss college who one day-after a chance encounter with a mysterious Portuguese woman-abandons his old life to start a new one. He takes the night train to Lisbon and carries with him a book by Amadeu de Prado, a (fictional) Portuguese doctor and essayist whose writings explore the ideas of loneliness, mortality, death, friendship, love, and loyalty. Gregorius becomes obsessed by what he reads and restlessly struggles to comprehend the life of the author. His investigations lead him all over the city of Lisbon, as he speaks to those who were entangled in Prado's life. Gradually, the picture of an extraordinary man emerges-a doctor and poet who rebelled against Salazar's dictatorship.
Authors: Mercier, Pascal, 1944-
Title: Night train to Lisbon
Publisher: New York : Grove Press ; [S.l.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2008
Characteristics: 438 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Pascal Mercier ; translated from the German by Barbara Harshav
Notes: "First published in the German language in 2004 by Carl Hanser Verlag"--T.p. verso
Additional Contributors: Harshav, Barbara 1940-
ISBN: 0802118585
9780802118585
Branch Call Number: FICTION MERCIER
Computer Data: 1st ed
Subject Headings: Self-realization Fiction Teachers Travel Europe Fiction Teachers Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Self-realization
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