'Ingenious, consistently taut and witty' TLS
'Humorous and quizzical, with a light touch on weighty themes, the narrative darts about with lizard-like colour and velocity' Independent
'Strange, elliptical, charming' Guardian
'A poetic, beguiling meditation on truth and storytelling . . . from the dreamscapes of magical realism to a gripping political thriller and even a murder mystery' New Internationalist
FÃ©lix Ventura trades in memories, a slippery character selling new pasts to people whose bright futures lack only a good lineage, and wiping clean the slate of their identity.
In a narrative that darts between past and present Angola, a bookish albino man, a beautiful woman, a mysterious foreigner and a witty talking lizard come together to discover their real origins. For theirs is a world where the truth seems to shift from moment to moment and where history itself is up for grabs . . .
WINNER OF THE INDEPENDENT FOREIGN FICTION PRIZE
'A work of fierce originality' Independent
'Without doubt one of the most important Portuguese-language writers of his generation' ANTÃ“NIO LOBO ANTUNES
'Cross J. M. Coetzee with Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez and you've got JosÃ© Eduardo Agualusa' ALAN KAUFMAN
Translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn
|TheBook of Chameleons
|José Eduardo AgualusaDaniel Hahn