His mother, he is told, was an American painter who mysteriously abandoned the family.
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Another client is a government minister who is intent on commissioning a personal genealogy that will endow him with heroic stature. A name with no luster to it whatsoever.
I collect light. Throughout the novel, which is composed of brief, terse chapters, a haze hovers over boundaries between identities, as well as states of being. Agualusa situates his story within the context of the dictatorships and violence that have plagued Angola since Portugal began to pull out in Tags: Arts Etc.
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He is the first African writer to win the award since its inception in Agualusa's work was described by Ana Mafalda Leite as sometimes providing "a link between history and fiction, between the account of past events and the description of what might have been possible. Brookshaw, David. But as it turns out, even in invented pasts can come with considerable baggage The Book of Chameleons is presented in short, varied chapters.
The gecko-narrator isn't you usual housepet; he's an independent, observant -- and bookish -- creature. He also has a past, in a different human form with Agualusa pushing the literary connexions, as the book comes with a epigraph by Borges starting: "If I were born again, I'd like to be something completely different" It's an enjoyable read, with creative surprises and appealing twists. If it doesn't quite come together in its resolution it's still a very rich and far-reaching book for its size.
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