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Anonymous Celebrity [Paperback]

Ignácio Brandão

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Book Description

Aug. 18 2009 Brazilian Literature Series

What if a man were so shallow that he couldn't believe his life had meaning unless he was loved and desired by millions of people? What if everything he learned from his television, from the movies, from what he heard on the radio, was treated as an absolute and incontrovertible truth? And what, then, if this man was amoral, cunning, and willing to lie, seduce, and kill to save himself from anonymity?

With an army of consultants, a library of "howto" manuals, and an endless variety of product placements at his behest, the hero of Anonymous Celebrity sets out to become king of his own little world -- which unfortunately turns out to be the same one the rest of us live in. Equal parts Nabokov, All About Eve, and Big Brother, this is a bawdy, irreverent indictment of our self-absorbed culture of celebrity, where to be anything less than famous means being something less than human...


Product Details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press (Aug. 18 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564784320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564784322
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,980,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This Brazilian novel uses exuberant exaggeration, unusual typographical layout, and artful juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated information to build a sharp denunciation of dictatorship . . . Very much tongue-in-cheek, this novel is entertaining despite the serious message underneath.

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