The Book of Chameleons

The Book of Chameleons

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Félix Ventura trades in an unusual commodity; he is a dealer in memories, clandestinely selling new pasts to people whose futures are secure and who lack only a good lineage to complete their lives. In this completely original murder mystery, where people are not who they seem and the briefest of connections leads to the forging of entirely new histories, a bookish albino, a beautiful woman, a mysterious foreigner, and a witty talking lizard come together to discover the truth of their lives. Set in Angola, Agualusa's tale darts from tormented past to dream-filled present with a lightness that belies the savage history of a country in which many have something to forget -- and to hide.

A brilliant American debut by one of the most lauded writers in the Portuguese-speaking world, this is a beautifully written and always surprising tale of race, truth, and the transformative power of creativity.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2008.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster trade paperback ed.
ISBN: 9781416573517
Branch Call Number: FICTION Agualusa Jose
Characteristics: 180 p. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hahn, Daniel
Alternative Title: Vendedor de passados.


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melwyk Apr 27, 2012

In this strange and short novel our narrator is a gecko. Our gecko (a charming narrator) lives in the house of Felix Ventura, an albino who makes his living by creating illustrious pasts with a full complement of ancestors for those who feel rootless. There is nothing criminal in his creations; at least, not until he is approached by a large-sized foreigner, who wants a complete new identity......

Full review at Indextrious Reader


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