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Book Title: The Actual|
The author of the book: Saul Bellow
Date of issue: 1997
ISBN 13: 9780140253030
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 23.72 MB
Read full description of the books The Actual:"I stood back from myself and looked into Amy's face. No one else on all this earth had such features. This was the most amazing thing in the life of the world." [p. 104]
I think what makes this book great is not that it is a love story or the story of two lives that come to accept each other, but rather that this acceptance is a spiritual one and therefore eminently REAL. Harry and Amy are always present to one another, always mutually actual. The other people who they meet in their lives, even husbands and wives, are not actual, even if they are real and present, because actuality is inside us. One can be with another person physically but not be with this person in actuality, i. e., spiritually connected or REALLY connected. That's where the "magic" is. And what we sometimes call the magic of love is nothing more than the reality which is right in front of us but we refuse to see. It's something simple, but then we're so complicated that we don't come to see it and accept it.
Escrevi mais coisas sobre o livro depois de conversar sobre ele com um amigo, então acrescento-as a esta resenha. Eis:
A vida dos personagens é um pouco diferente da minha, mas isso é interessante, porque funciona como uma "hiperbolização" da história, o que dá mais força às experiências e as torna mais "visíveis" a mim, o leitor. Eu vivi experiências semelhantes às deles, mas em grau reduzido de intensidade, digamos assim.
A prosa do Bellow é muito bonita, e isso não se transferiu para a tradução brasileira. É bonita de um jeito simples. Não há muita estetização, mas a leitura flui com suavidade, é como se estivéssemos ouvindo alguém falar, e falar perfeitamente claro, sem tropeços nem gaguejadas. Nas traduções portuguesas de que eu andei lendo trechos, isso aparece mais, porém não nas brasileiras. Alguém precisa ainda escrever um livro sobre a superioridade das traduções lusas sobre as brasileiras.
Sobre a mensagem do livro, acho que o título da tradução lusa revela bem a idéia: "A autêntica". Eu traduziria não exatamente assim. Traduziria como "Autenticidade". Seria perfeito, pois transmitiria aquilo que a Luciane fala na aula, todos aqueles significados da palavra "actual". Pois a mensagem do livro é justamente isso, ou seja, a autenticidade do amor verdadeiro, que não depende de sentimentalismos ou de um romantismo medíocre, mas simplesmente de uma empatia profunda, essencial, em cima da qual se exerce - sem limites e sem a necessidade sequer da presença física - a imaginação de quem ama. É quando o protagonista reconhece isso, ou seja, quando ele aceita aquilo em si mesmo, que ele consegue transformar a potência de seu amor em ato.
Read information about the authorSaul Bellow was born in Lachine, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal, in 1915, and was raised in Chicago. He attended the University of Chicago, received his Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 1937, with honors in sociology and anthropology, did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, and served in the Merchant Marine during World War II.
Mr. Bellow's first novel, Dangling Man, was published in 1944, and his second, The Victim, in 1947. In 1948 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and spent two years in Paris and traveling in Europe, where he began The Adventures of Augie March,, which won the National Book Award for fiction in 1954. Later books include Seize The Day (1956), Henderson The Rain King (1959), Herzog (1964), Mosby's Memoirs and Other Stories (1968), and Mr. Sammler's Planet (1970). Humboldt's Gift (1975), was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Both Herzog and Mr. Sammler's Planet were awarded the National Book Award for fiction. Mr. Bellow's first non-fiction work, To Jerusalem and Back: A Personal Account, published on October 25,1976, is his personal and literary record of his sojourn in Israel during several months in 1975.
In 1965 Mr. Bellow was awarded the International Literary Prize for Herzog, becoming the first American to receive the prize. In January 1968 the Republic of France awarded him the Croix de Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, the highest literary distinction awarded by that nation to non-citizens, and in March 1968 he received the B'nai B'rith Jewish Heritage Award for "excellence in Jewish literature", and in November 1976 he was awarded the America's Democratic Legacy Award of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, the first time this award was made to a literary personage.
A playwright as well as a novelist, Saul Bellow was the author of The Last Analysis and of three short plays, collectively entitled Under the Weather, which were produced on Broadway in 1966. He contributed fiction to Partisan Review, Playboy, Harper's Bazaar, The New Yorker, Esquire, and to literary quarterlies. His criticism appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Horizon, Encounter, The New Republic, The New Leader, and elsewhere. During the 1967 Arab-lsraeli conflict, he served as a war correspondent for Newsday. He taught at Bard College, Princeton University, and the University of Minnesota, and was a member of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.
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