Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal MercierA huge international best seller, this ambitious novel plumbs the depths of our shared humanity to offer up a breathtaking insight into life, love, and literature itself. A major hit in Germany that went on to become one of Europe’s biggest literary blockbusters in the last five years, Night Train to Lisbon is an astonishing novel, a compelling exploration of consciousness, the possibility of truly understanding another person, and the ability of language to define our very selves. Raimund Gregorius is a Latin teacher at a Swiss college who one day—after a chance encounter with a mysterious Portuguese woman—abandons his old life to start a new one. He takes the night train to Lisbon and carries with him a book by Amadeu de Prado, a (fictional) Portuguese doctor and essayist whose writings explore the ideas of loneliness, mortality, death, friendship, love, and loyalty. Gregorius becomes obsessed by what he reads and restlessly struggles to comprehend the life of the author. His investigations lead him all over the city of Lisbon, as he speaks to those who were entangled in Prado’s life. Gradually, the picture of an extraordinary man emerges—a doctor and poet who rebelled against Salazar’s dictatorship.
Night Train To Lisbon
Oh how right she was! As played by Mr. Irons, leading a prestigious cast speaking English in an indecipherable mishmash of accents, Raimund undergoes a late midlife crisis. Impulsively abandoning his comfortable post as a teacher of classical studies in Bern, Switzerland, he travels to Lisbon. Raimund is as parched and pedantic a creature as T. Alfred Prufrock, and Mr.
Night Train to Lisbon is a internationally co-produced English-language drama film directed by Bille August and starring Jeremy Irons. Based on the novel Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier and written by Greg Latter and Ulrich Herrmann, the film is about a Swiss teacher who saves the life of a woman and then abandons his teaching career and reserved life to embark on a thrilling intellectual adventure that takes him on a journey to the very heart of himself. Walking over a bridge in Bern , Raimund Gregorius, a Swiss professor of ancient languages, notices a young woman in a red coat standing on the railing, about to leap. Dropping his briefcase, he runs and pulls her down. She helps him gather the papers that have spilled from his briefcase and accompanies him to the school where he teaches. But instead of waiting to talk, she leaves during the middle of his class, without her coat. Concerned, Raimund grabs the coat and runs after her, but in vain.
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Prado is a serious thinker whose active mind becomes evident in a series of his notes collected and read by Gregorius. The book was originally published in German as Nachtzug nach Lissabon in and was first published in English in The novel became an international bestseller. Raimund "Mundus" Gregorius, 57 years old, is a teacher at a Swiss gymnasium in modern-day Bern. He is an expert in ancient languages ancient Greek, Latin and Hebrew and a man very comfortable in his routine. One morning on his way to work, he saves a mysterious Portuguese woman from what he assumes is a suicide attempt. Although the woman disappears shortly afterwards, their chance-encounter marks the beginning of Raimund's journey.