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This month's country is Brazil! My first WorldReads nation in Latin America. I've got five fiction books to represent Brazil and love that they are all quite unusual stories. I'll start with perhaps the most famous modern book from Brazil ...
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
'Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.'
There Were Many Horses by Luiz Ruffato
One of my Top Ten Books of 2016.
'It’s May 9, 2000, and São Paulo is teeming with life. As Luiz Ruffato describes the scenes around him on this one typical day, he deciphers every minute and second of a metropolis marked by diversity - a mosaic of people from all over Brazil and the world that defines São Paulo’s personality at the start of the twenty-first century. The city is more than just traffic jams, parks, and global financial manoeuvring. It is alive, and every rat and dusty grocery truck informs its distinctive character.'
Flesh And Bone And Water by Luiza Sauma
'Brazilian-born doctor André Cabral is living in London when one day he receives a letter from his home country, which he left nearly thirty years ago. A letter he keeps in his pocket for weeks, but tells no one about. The letter prompts André to remember the days of his youth - torrid afternoons on Ipanema beach with his listless teenage friends, parties in elegant Rio apartments, his after-school job at his father's plastic surgery practice - and, above all, his secret infatuation with the daughter of his family's maid, the intoxicating Luana. Unable to resist the pull of the letter, André embarks on a journey back to Brazil to rediscover his past.'
The Shape Of Bones by Daniel Galera
A man rises at 5 a.m. and leaves his home. He does not wake his wife or child to bid them goodbye. He starts his car - an SUV filled with survival gear - but does not drive to his friend's house as planned. Instead, gliding through the sleeping streets of Porto Alegre, he is haunted by ghosts of himself: the fearless boy riding a battered stunt bike, the silent adolescent fascinated by violence, the obsessive young surgeon, the distant husband.
Elza: The Girl by Sergio Rodrigues
Xerxes, a ninety-something survivor of the extinct Brazilian Communist Party, hires an unemployed journalist to write his life story, and most importantly explain his 1935 tragic love affair with comrade Elza Fernandes, code-named The Girl.
A strikingly contemporary, post-utopian narrative, Elza: The Girl blends the pace of a thriller with the insightfulness and thorough research of a historical novel, introducing the reader to a world in which emotional, political, and even artistic truths must be reappraised in order to understand our shifting present.
That's it for March's WorldReads from Brazil. I hope I have tempted you to try reading a book from this country and if you want more suggestions, click through to see all my Literary Flits reviews of Brazilian-authored books! If you fancy buying any of the five I have suggested, clicking through the links from this blog to do so would mean I earn a small commission payment.
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If you missed any earlier WorldReads posts, I have already 'visited' America, Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Turkey.
In April I will be highlighting five books by Dutch authors. See you on the 5th to find out which ones!