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One morning late in May, between three and six A.M., a group of lonely men and women wait to be brought together, like the elements in an equation. Ernst Spengler is about to throw himself out his window. Mylia, terminally ill and in enormous pain, goes out to visit a church. Hinnerk Obst, who's always been told by the neighborhood children that he looks like a murderer, walks the streets with a loaded gun. As these characters are manipulated and brought together, a world of violence, fear, pain, and uncertainty is portrayed, where human nature itself, and the mechanisms determining our actions, our fictions, and the elements of our imagination, are laid bare. Jerusalem is a terrifying and grimly humorous summation of the possibilities and limits of the human condition at the beginning of the 21st century.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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"Tavares has no right to be writing so well at the age of 35. One feels like punching him." - José Saramago

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October 2012 : Paperback

ISBN: 2757830848 / 978-2757830840
Publisher: POINTS
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October 2009 : USA Paperback

Title: Jerusalem (Portuguese Literature Series)
Author(s): Goncalo M Tavares
ISBN: 1-56478-555-6 / 978-1-56478-555-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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