ARTS & LEISURE

Antonio Lobo Antunes launched novel in Bucharest

The famous Portuguese writer Antonio Lobo Antunes launched the Romanian translation of the novel “The Natural Order of Things”, included in the “Raftul Denisei” Collection of the Humanitas Fiction Publishing House.

The volume was translated in twelve languages so far, and is considered one of the best contemporary Portuguese novels.

Describing the novel as a “complex one, conceived on multiple plans,” the literary critic Carmen Musat appreciated that it fades the distinction between prose and poetry, that “rise from one another in the book of this magician of the word,” namely Antonio Lobo Antunes. “ ‘The Natural Order of Things” is a novel that mixes metaphysics and literature, creating a complex image of our everyday order,” Carmen Musat appreciated, defining Lobo Antunes as an “explorer of human conscience, by revealing the depths of his characters.” Antonio Lobo Antunes confessed that he disliked traveling, yet he came to Romania because he appreciated the generosity, elegance and nobleness of the Romanians he has previously encountered, equaled only by Mexicans so far. The event was also attended by Ana Luisa Nunes Barata, Adviser of the Portuguese Embassy in Bucharest and Alain Bonte, the President of the Bonte Foundation for Modern and Contemporary Art. The program of the Portuguese writer will end on May 8, when he will be offered the “Doctor Honoris Causa” title by the Ovidius University in Constanta.

The writer’s visit to Romania was initially scheduled for the previous year, yet he cancelled his visit due to health issues.

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