The Society of Reluctant Dreamers

by

Translated from by

Published: Forthcoming

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Book Description

Splitting through the clear waters beside the rainbow hotel, Daniel Benchimol finds a waterproof mango-yellow camera and uncovers the photographed reveries of a famous Mozambican artist, Moira. After emails back-and-forth, Moira and Daniel meet, and Daniel becomes involved in a mysterious project with a Brazilian neuroscientist, who’s creating a machine to photograph people’s dreams. Set against the dense web of Angola’s political history, Daniel crosses the hazy border between dream and reality, sleepwalking towards a twisted and entirely strange present. In this exquisite new novel, Agualusa’s reader loses all sense of reality.

Cross J.M. Coetzee with Gabriel García Márquez and you've got José Eduardo Agualusa, Portugal's next candidate for the Nobel Prize.

Alan Kaufman, author of Matches


Without doubt one of the most important Portuguese-language writers of his generation.

António Lobo Antunes


Praise for A General Theory of Oblivion


Agualusa's novel is a powerful examination of personal recollection and public upheaval, and a penetrating study of isolation and the cost of freedom.

Malcolm Forbes, The National


Hahn is one of our most experienced translators. Such experience shows in tiny interventions to guide the English reader through the chaos of the Angolan battlefield ... and in his taking confident ownership of certain descriptive passages, ensuring the music of the original is conveyed along with the meaning... a timely homage to the prize of Angolan independence.

The Independent