Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
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Raimund Gregorius teaches classical languages at a Swiss lycée, and lives a life governed by routine. One day, a chance encounter with a Portuguese woman inspires him to question his life—and leads him to an extraordinary book that will open the possibility of changing it. Inspired by the words of Amadeu de Prado, a doctor whose intelligence and magnetism left a mark on everyone who met him and whose principles led him into a confrontation with Salazar’s dictatorship, Gergorius boards a train to Lisbon. As Gregorius becomes fascinated with unlocking the mystery of who Prado was, an extraordinary tale unfolds.
 

About Pascal Mercier

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A professor of philosophy, Pascal Mercier was born in 1944 in Bern, Switzerland. Perlmann's Silence is his second novel to be translated into English, following the bestselling Night Train to Lisbon. He currently lives in Berlin.
 
Published October 7, 2008 by Grove Press. 470 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The nearer Gregorius comes to the truth of Prado’s passionate commitment, the more insistent becomes the question he asks himself: “Had he perhaps missed a possible life, one he could easily have lived with his abilities and knowledge?” It’s the age-old intellectual’s dilemma, considered in a com...

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...a good, intelligent read that's an excellent analysis of character and poses some fascinating questions about life and love.

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A novel about breaking routines and just letting go. But somehow it doesn't work.

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Little by little, Gregorius — and by extension, the reader — pieces together this puzzle that slowly reveals the totality of the personality behind the name of Amadeu de Prado.

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What is common between both books is that there is the main character who embarks on an investigation about an author of a seemingly rare book.

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Enamored by the strangeness of the woman, and the exotic nature of the pronunciation of português, he decides to check out a used-book store where he comes across a book that consists of a collection of notes of a certain Amadeu de Prado.

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Seattle PI

Gregorius decides to buy a train ticket to Lisbon, he decides to break his seemingly unbreakable routine of living in Bern (we are told later that his wife Florence took vacations without him because he hated flying), not because of the woman who left a phone number on his forehead, but because o...

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It's therefore not surprising that the story is carried along by a torrent of verbiage, with Prado's writings acting as a source of inspiration and obsession for Gregorius.

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