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The Hour of the Star (Second Edition)

by Clarice Lispector, Benjamin Moser & Colm Toibin

A new edition of Clarice Lispector’s final masterpiece, now with a vivid introduction by Colm Tóibín. Narrated by the cosmopolitan Rodrigo S.M., this brief, strange, and haunting tale is the story of Macabéa,...


With My Dog Eyes: A Novel

by Hilda Hilst & Adam Morris

Hilda Hilst (1930–2004) was one of the greatest Brazilian writers of the twentieth century, but her books have languished untranslated, in part because of their formally radical nature. This translation of...


The Book of Emotions (Brazilian Literature Series)

by João|Jackson, Elizabeth Almino

In a future Brazil, a blind photographer considers his old photographs and, deprived of his sight, reconstructs his experiences.


The Brothers

by Milton Hatoum & John Gledson

Introducing a major new voice in Brazilian letters.

Set among a Lebanese immigrant community in the Brazilian port of Manaus, The Brothers is the story of identical twins, Yaqub and Omar, whose mutual jealousy...


City of God: A Novel

by Paulo Lins & Alison Entrekin

The searing novel on which the internationally acclaimed hit film was based, City of God is a gritty, gorgeous tour de force from one of Brazil’s most notorious slums. Cidade de Deus: a place where the streets...


The Only Happy Ending for a Love Story Is an Accident

by J. P. Cuenca & Elizabeth Lowe

J. P. Cuenca is a surprising transnational voice in Brazilian literature whose central theme of cultural otherness urges his audience to rethink globalization in more carefully defined, more humanistic terms...


The Mystery of Rio

by Alberto Mussa

Rio de Janeiro, 1913. The Secretary of the Presidency of the Republic is murdered at the former home of the Marquesa de Santos, known as the House of Exchanges, a sophisticated brothel where secret meetings...


Captains of the Sands

by Jorge Amado, Gregory Rabassa & Colm Toibin

A Brazilian Lord of the Flies, about a group of boys who live by their wits and daring in the slums of Bahia

 

They call themselves “Captains of the Sands,” a gang of orphans and runaways who live by their...


And Still the Earth

by Ignácio de Loyola Brandão & Ellen Watson

In future São Paulo, water is scarce, garbage clogs the roads, and every life is now ruled by the sinister and omnipotent System. A classic novel of "dystopia," looking back to Orwell's 1984 and forward to...


Spilt Milk

by Chico Buarque & Alison Entrekin

From world-renowned Brazilian writer Chico Buarque comes a stylish, imaginative tale of love, loss, and longing, played out across multiple generations of one Brazilian family. At once jubilant and painfully...


Winning the Game and Other Stories

by Rubem Fonseca & Clifford E. Landers

With an unflinching, unsentimental eye and a soupçon of black humor, Fonseca chronicles the foibles, manias, and obsessions of the people of Brazil’s metropolises


The Relic: A Novel

by Jose Maria De Maria De E Eca de Queiros, Aubrey F. G. F. G. Bell & Harold Bloom

A satiric masterpiece, one of the funniest novels in European literature, and a profound critique of religion, science, and history


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