A Small Death in Lisbon

A Small Death in Lisbon

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1941. Klaus Felsen, forced out of his Berlin factory into the SS, arrives in a luminous Lisbon, where Nazis and Allies, refugees and entrepreneurs, dance to the strains of opportunism and despair. Felsen's assignment takes him to the bleak mountains of the north where a devious and brutal battle is being fought for an element vital to Hitler's bliztkrieg. There he meets the man who plants the first seed of greed and revenge that will grow into a thick vine in the landscape of post-war Portugal. Late 1990s. Investigating the murder of a young girl with a disturbing sexual past, Inspector Ze Coelho overturns the dark soil of history and unearths old bones from Portugal's fascist past. This small death in Lisbon is horrific compensation for an even older crime, and Coelho's stubborn pursuit of its truth reveals a tragedy that unites past and present. Robert Wilson's combination of intelligence, suspense, vivid characters, and mesmerizing storytelling richly deserves the international acclaim his novel has received.
Publisher: New York : Harcourt, 2000.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780151006090
Branch Call Number: M/WILS
Characteristics: 440p. 24cm.


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Jul 30, 2019

Really enjoyed this book. Good read. Also gives interesting insight into current Portugal and the conflicts in the country between its past and its present.

Diell Jun 22, 2014

okay so I lied I really liked this one too, enough to read it again as well.
But you know I did say best book so far

Jan 09, 2014

Reminiscent of Dickens (where disparate seemingly minor characters meld together) with romance novel overtones. Worth sticking with to the last 10% where twist follows twist. Good education of Portugal's history and language.

Aug 11, 2012

Very well written book with a satisfyingly complex plot.

Jul 25, 2011

Very good.

Sep 12, 2010

wonderful. Showing how events, from the past can impact the present. Very complex.


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FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

A young girl's murder in Lisbon is connected to World War II events.


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