The Society of Reluctant Dreamers

December 7, 2020
The Society of Reluctant Dreamers

Splitting through the clear waters beside the rainbowhotel, Daniel Benchimol finds a waterproof mango-yellow camera anduncovers the photographed reveries of a famous Mozambican artist,Moira. In this exquisite new novel, Agualusa's reader loses allsense of reality.In The Society of Reluctant Dreamers, Daniel dreams of JulioCortázar in the form of an ancient giant cedar, his friend Hossitransforming into a dark crow, and most often of theCotton-Candy-Hair-Woman, Moira, staring right back at him. Afteremails back-and-forth, Moira and Daniel meet, and Daniel becomesinvolved in a mysterious project with a Brazilian neuroscientist,who's creating a machine to photograph people's dreams. Set againstthe dense web of Angola's political history, Daniel crosses thehazy border between dream and reality, sleepwalking towards atwisted and entirely strange present.