Night Train to Lisbon

By Pascal Mercier; Barbara Harshav (Translator)
(Grove Press, Paperback, 9780802143976, 438pp.)

Publication Date: October 2008

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List
“This debut novel taps into some of the oldest veins of story, the primal ones of night journeys, of being stuck in place yet adrift and confused about life's purpose. It is full of people who have lived, even as the fullness of that is revealed only in the protagonist's drawing out of their stories. I'm not sure how much this book might teach us how to live, but it has reminded me of what it is to really read.”
-- Rick Simonson, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA


Description

Raimund Gregorius teaches classical languages at a Swiss lycée, and lives a life governed by routine. One day, a chance encounter with a Portuguese woman inspires him to question his lifeand leads him to an extraordinary book that will open the possibility of changing it. Inspired by the words of Amadeu de Prado, a doctor whose intelligence and magnetism left a mark on everyone who met him and whose principles led him into a confrontation with Salazar’s dictatorship, Gergorius boards a train to Lisbon. As Gregorius becomes fascinated with unlocking the mystery of who Prado was, an extraordinary tale unfolds.




About the Author
A professor of philosophy, Pascal Mercier was born in 1944 in Bern, Switzerland, and currently lives in Berlin.

Barbara Harshav has translated more than thirty books from German, French, Hebrew, and Yiddish, including After the Holocaust, Jewish Memories, A Surplus of Memory, and My Life as a Radical Jewish Woman. A historian by profession, she lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
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