A General Theory of Oblivion
Author: José Eduardo Agualusa
Translator: Daniel Hahn
Original language: Portuguese
Published by: Harvill Secker, 2015
The brilliant new novel from the winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
On the eve of Angolan independence, Ludo bricks herself into her apartment, where she will remain for the next thirty years. She lives off vegetables and pigeons, burns her furniture and books to stay alive and keeps herself busy by writing her story on the walls of her home.
The outside world slowly seeps into Ludo’s life through snippets on the radio, voices from next door, glimpses of a man fleeing his pursuers and a note attached to a bird’s foot. Until one day she meets Sabalu, a young boy from the street who climbs up to her terrace.