Night Train to Lisbon
Publication Date: January 2012
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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
Raimund Gregorius teaches classical languages at a Swiss lyc?e, and lives a life governed by routine. One day, a chance encounter with a Portuguese woman inspires him to question his life?and 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, Gregorius boards a train to Lisbon. As Gregorius becomes fascinated with unlocking the mystery of who Prado was, an extraordinary tale unfolds. A treat for the mind. One of the best books I have read in a long time.? ? Isabel Allende A rare reading pleasure.? ? San Francisco Chronicle One of the great European novels of the past few years.? ? Page des libraires (France)