Along the River Run
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Belletristik / Gegenwartsliteratur (ab 1945)
Lisbon: that city at the mouth of the Tagus, that city that whispers, licks and seduces its visitors, that city that haunts those seeking refuge or its pleasures. Who would wish to escape? It is the start of the millennium and two ‘lads’ from South-East London are trapped in Lisbon among people and experiences set to push them to the limits. Attempting to lie low after a fateful night back home, the friends find themselves navigating an unfamiliar and unnerving new reality. A crime novel inspired by a real-life incident, and distinguished by its sensitivity to subtleties of language and dialogue, Along the River Run is a story of guilt and retribution played out amid the streets, sounds and sights of this bewitching city. Just as the undercurrents of Lisbon’s Tagus are ever present, so the literary undercurrents of the capital as written by Pessoa, Saramago or Sa-Carneiro are there to enrich and pervade the evolving narrative. The novel follows the author’s much-praised earlier book on Lisbon, a cultural exploration in a ‘Cities of the Imagination’ series, setting up authoritative background research for this haunting story of psychological destruction.
Fernando Pessoa, Lisbon, Horace McCoy, crime