The Book of Emotions by João Almino
(Brazilian Literature Series)

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In a future Brazil, a blind photographer considers his old photographs and, deprived of his sight, reconstructs his experiences.

Isolating these moments in his memory and attempting to analyze them much
like a lens, he envisions “a haiku stripped of rhetoric that captures only what is
in front of the camera.” Yet, deprived of his sight, the photographer now must
reconstruct his experiences as a series of affective snapshots, a diary of his emotions as they were frozen on this or that day. The result, then, is not the description of a remembered image, but of the emotional memory the image evokes.
João Almino here gives us a trenchant portrait of an artist trying to close the gap
between objective vision and sentimental memory, lea?ng through a catalog of
his accomplishments and failures in a violent, artificial, universal city, and trying
to reassemble the puzzle that was his life.
 

About João Almino

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João Almino is the acclaimed author of The Five Seasons of Love and The Book of Emotions. He has taught at Berkeley, Stanford, the Autonomous National University of Mexico, and the University of Brasília. Elizabeth Jackson is Visiting Assistant Professor of Portuguese at Wesleyan University. She is the translator of João Almino's novels The Five Seasons of Love and The Book of Emotions, as well as co-translator of Patricia Galvao's 1933 novel Industrial Park.
 
Published February 7, 2012 by Dalkey Archive Press. 241 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nearing the end of his life in the year 2022, a blind Brazilian photographer, Cadu, revisits his past in Almino's tale of memory and regret.

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And like Brasilia, Cadu's "Book of Emotions" ends on a note of unfulfilled desire, a vacillation between hope and despair.

Feb 03 2012 | Read Full Review of The Book of Emotions (Brazili...

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Reality is the photograph that giveth power to the politician, and it is the photograph that taketh away.

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