The Book of Chameleons

The Book of Chameleons

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Publisher's Synopsis

'Ingenious, consistently taut and witty' TLS

'Humorous and quizzical, with a light touch on weighty themes, the narrative darts about with lizard-like colour and velocity' Independent

'Strange, elliptical, charming' Guardian


'A poetic, beguiling meditation on truth and storytelling . . . from the dreamscapes of magical realism to a gripping political thriller and even a murder mystery' New Internationalist


Félix Ventura trades in memories, a slippery character selling new pasts to people whose bright futures lack only a good lineage, and wiping clean the slate of their identity.

In a narrative that darts between past and present Angola, a bookish albino man, a beautiful woman, a mysterious foreigner and a witty talking lizard come together to discover their real origins. For theirs is a world where the truth seems to shift from moment to moment and where history itself is up for grabs . . .

WINNER OF THE INDEPENDENT FOREIGN FICTION PRIZE

'A work of fierce originality' Independent


'Without doubt one of the most important Portuguese-language writers of his generation' ANTÓNIO LOBO ANTUNES


'Cross J. M. Coetzee with Gabriel Garcìa Márquez and you've got José Eduardo Agualusa'
ALAN KAUFMAN

Translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn

Book information

ISBN: 9781529426489
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Imprint: Arcadia Books
Pub date:
Edition: Reprint
DEWEY: 869.342
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 142g
Height: 130mm
Width: 196mm
Spine width: 17mm