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Title: Goncalo M. Tavares’s Uma Viagem a India and Bloom’s ‘definitive boredom’
Authors: Corga, Pedro
Keywords: Boredom
Boredom in literature
Social change
Tavares, Goncalo M., 1970-
Issue Date: 2015-11
Publisher: University of Malta. Department of English
Citation: Corga, P. (2015). Gonçalo M. Tavares’s Uma Viagem à Índia and Bloom’s ‘definitive boredom’. Antae Journal, 2(3), 181-193.
Abstract: Contemporary man is constantly looking for excitement and novelty in order to satisfy his ever-increasing demanding needs. The result is a sort of postmodern formula for the pursuit of happiness in the 21st century: a life punctuated by excesses that will ideally drown out the tedious, repetitive and mundane nature of the present. However, according to philosopher Lars Svendsen, “the transgression can never satisfy the longing from which it springs but inevitably makes even stronger” (Svendsen, 2001: 68). In the present article we will deal with the subject of contemporary boredom and his presence in Gonçao M. Tavares’ Uma Viagem à Índia published at the end of 2010, and already widely considered one of the most prolific and important books at the beginning of the century, in both Portuguese and European contexts. Bloom, the main character, is someone who reveals an attitude of distrust and distance towards the world that surrounds him, carrying the burden of a profound feeling of boredom and a kind of ontological and metaphysical exhaustion which reflect the characteristic postmodern apathy, resignation and detachment.
Appears in Collections:Antae Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3
Antae Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3

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