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Violeta Among the Stars

Violeta Among the Stars

Desperate and drunk, Violeta overturns her car on a lonely stretch of late-night motorway. As she lies amid the wreckage of her car, suspended between this world and the next, Violeta’s life quite literally flashes before her eyes. Scenes from her past overlap with what happened right before the accident: her upbringing with her distant, critical mother; her troubled relationship with her daughter who is everything to her grandparents that Violeta never could be; her life on the road as she drives between waxing product-selling appointments with breaks at motorway service stations, the abuse from other travellers mocking her size, the terrible service station cafes, the alcohol, the risky encounters with lorry drivers on filthy public toilet floors…

Suspended in this eternity, Violeta examines her life and what it consists of: the thousand daily grievances that add up to a frustrated, thwarted life.

She begins to sink into her past. The Carnation Revolution of April 25, 1974, the defining historical moment of her life. Love, passion, sex – the dreams of adolescence sacrificed to failed relationships

Violeta Among the Stars reads like an epic poem, weaving Violeta’s memories, thoughts, feelings to narrate a story that consists of dozens of scenes, voices, flashes and memories. Violeta reflecting on her death, her life, her reality and her dreams.

Genre: Europe / Southern Europe / Portugal

On Sale: 31st December 2020

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781529402452

Reviews

A vibrant style, a brilliant novel
De Standaard
Every word is in the right place and the result is pure music
De Volkskrant