The Club of Angels by Luis Fernando Verissimo

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A witty novel about sin and gluttony, by one of Brazil's most revered writers. Luis Fernando Verissimo's The Club of Angels is an irresistible, enticing book—almost as irresistible and enticing as the exquisite meals prepared within—about the sin of gluttony. Written by one of Brazil's leading authors and columnists, The Club of Angels was an immediate success there, and has been on the bestseller list since 1998. It tells the story of ten privileged men, who meet every month to dine fabulously and celebrate their friendship and singularity. When their leader, Ramos, dies of AIDS, the narrator Daniel meets his possible replacement—Lucido—in a wineshop. Lucido is mysteriously taciturn, but in the privacy of Daniel's kitchen, he recreates the men's favorite dishes, giving them a gastronomic experience like no other. The tale of bewilderment and death that follows creates an unforgettable literary experience. It is tinged with funny characters, witty dialogue, touching with mordant satire on all segments of Brazilian society. The Club of Angels has been translated into English by the renowned Margaret Jull Costa (translator of José Saramago, Paulo Coelho, Javier Marías, and Arturo Perez-Reverte).

About Luis Fernando Verissimo

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Luís Fernando Veríssimo is a satirist, cartoonist, translator, television writer, saxophonist, playwright and novelist. With over sixty published titles, he is one of the most popular of contemporary Brazilian writers. Margaret Jull Costa has translated into the English more than 35 books, including Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago's "All the Names" & "The Tale of the Unknown Island", Antonio Perez Reverte's "The Flander's Panel", Fernando Pessoa's Book of Disquiet" & Luisa Valenzuela's "Bedside Manners". She lives in London.
Published May 1, 2002 by New Directions Publishing Corporation. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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(May)Forecast: The Club of Angels has been on the bestseller list in Brazil since 1998, and with Costa's excellent reputation (she's translated José Saramago, Paulo Coelho and Javier Marías), New Direction's edition should bring Verissimo many American admirers.

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Lambda Literary

The Club of Angels is a short and witty novel revolving around the Beef Stew Club, a dinner group comprised of ten well-to-do Brazilian slackers who have been meeting monthly for twenty years to decadently devour extravagant gourmet meals.

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