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Think Bladerunner in the tropics...

Be seduced, amazed, and shocked by one of the world's greatest and strangest nations. Past, present, and future Brazil, with all its color, passion, and shifting realities, come together in a novel that is part SF, part history, part mystery, and entirely enthralling.

Three separate stories follow three main characters:

  • Edson is a self-made talent impresario one step up from the slums in a near future São Paulo of astonishing riches and poverty. A chance encounter draws Edson into the dangerous world of illegal quantum computing, but where can you run in a total surveillance society where every move, face, and centavo is constantly tracked?
  • Marcelina is an ambitious Rio TV producer looking for that big reality TV hit to make her name. When her hot idea leads her on the track of a disgraced World Cup soccer goalkeeper, she becomes enmeshed in an ancient conspiracy that threatens not just her life, but her very soul.
  • Father Luis is a Jesuit missionary sent into the maelstrom of 18th-century Brazil to locate and punish a rogue priest who has strayed beyond the articles of his faith and set up a vast empire in the hinterland. In the company of a French geographer and spy, what he finds in the backwaters of the Amazon tries both his faith and the nature of reality itself to the breaking point.
Three characters, three stories, three Brazils, all linked together across time, space, and reality in a hugely ambitious story that will challenge the way you think about everything.

Review:

"British author McDonald's outstanding SF novel channels the vitality of South America's largest country into an edgy, post-cyberpunk free-for-all. McDonald sets up three separate characters in different eras — a cynical contemporary reality-TV producer, a near-future bisexual entrepreneur and a tormented 18th-century Jesuit agent. He then slams them together with the revelation that their worlds are strands of an immense quantum multiverse, and each of them is threatened by the Order, a vast conspiracy devoted to maintaining the status quo until the end of time. As McDonald weaves together the separate narrative threads, each character must choose between isolation or cooperation, and also between accepting things as they are or taking desperate action to make changes possible. River of Gods (2004), set in near-future India, established McDonald as a leading writer of intelligent, multicultural SF, and here he captures Latin America's mingled despair and hope. Chaotic, heartbreaking and joyous, this must-read teeters on the edge of melodrama, but somehow keeps its precarious balance." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"McDonald takes on frenetic, vast, fascinating Brasil in this epic interweaving three time-strands....McDonald's Brasyl is a magnificent place, and the motivations and possible results of the battle over the multitude of quantum universes it posits are chilling and wonderful." Booklist (starred review)

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"McDonald has outdone his prodigious self. A novel that makes magic from technology, alien worlds from the everyday. A novel of swordfights and quantum physics, of sly reality-TV humor and sheer poetry. I loved these people, I rooted for them. McDonald has so many writer tricks that I could read this book a hundred times and learn something new every time." Cory Doctorow, co-editor, boingboing.net, and author of Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present

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"[McDonald's] characters are utterly believable, grounded in their unique pasts and presents" Sci Fi Weekly

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"[A] grand novel spanning centuries and realities....McDonald imagines a history of Brazil that challenges all preconceptions, and he has a gift for wordsmithing, creating lyrical passages of superb storytelling that move with the times while remaining both current and timeless. Libraries of all sizes would benefit from adding this title to their sf collections." Library Journal

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"[R]ichly textured in terms of evoking the notion of Brazil as a truly alien place...very enjoyable." Locus

Review:

"Brasyl is a fantastic, fast-moving thought experiment packaged as a novel, wrapped in a love story." BookPage

Synopsis:

Think Bladerunner in the tropics...

Be seduced, amazed, and shocked by one of the worlds greatest and strangest nations. Past, present, and future Brazil, with all its color, passion, and shifting realities, come together in a novel that is part SF, part history, part mystery, and entirely enthralling.

Three separate stories follow three main characters:

Edson is a self-made talent impresario one step up from the slums in a near future São Paulo of astonishing riches and poverty. A chance encounter draws Edson into the dangerous world of illegal quantum computing, but where can you run in a total surveillance society where every move, face, and centavo is constantly tracked?

Marcelina is an ambitious Rio TV producer looking for that big reality TV hit to make her name. When her hot idea leads her on the track of a disgraced World Cup soccer goalkeeper, she becomes enmeshed in an ancient conspiracy that threatens not just her life, but her very soul.

Synopsis:

Past, present, and future Brazil, with all its color, passion, and shifting realities, come together in a novel that is part Sci-Fi, part history, part mystery, and entirely enthralling.

About the Author

Ian McDonald is the author of many science fiction novels, including River of Gods, Desolation Road, King of Morning, Queen of Day, Out on Blue Six, Chaga, and Kirinya. He has won the Philip K. Dick Award and the BSFA Award, been nominated for a Hugo Award, and has several nominations for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Dead Air, October 2, 2008 (view all comments by Dead Air)
British Science Fiction Award winning and Hugo nominated Brasyl is a riveting read as Ian McDonald does for this South American nation in a near future vision what he did for India in River of Gods. At least it is in part a "near future" vision, there's also a contemporary timeline and an 19th century historical one. In fact it reads like three separate novels of three different Brazils until near the end of the book.

One warning, the ending is not only left very open, but is downright incomplete. It seems likely McDonald has a sequel in mind.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781591025436
Author:
McDonald, Ian
Publisher:
Pyr
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Brazil
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science / General
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
357
Dimensions:
9.28x6.54x.99 in. 1.36 lbs.

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Product details 357 pages Pyr - English 9781591025436 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "British author McDonald's outstanding SF novel channels the vitality of South America's largest country into an edgy, post-cyberpunk free-for-all. McDonald sets up three separate characters in different eras — a cynical contemporary reality-TV producer, a near-future bisexual entrepreneur and a tormented 18th-century Jesuit agent. He then slams them together with the revelation that their worlds are strands of an immense quantum multiverse, and each of them is threatened by the Order, a vast conspiracy devoted to maintaining the status quo until the end of time. As McDonald weaves together the separate narrative threads, each character must choose between isolation or cooperation, and also between accepting things as they are or taking desperate action to make changes possible. River of Gods (2004), set in near-future India, established McDonald as a leading writer of intelligent, multicultural SF, and here he captures Latin America's mingled despair and hope. Chaotic, heartbreaking and joyous, this must-read teeters on the edge of melodrama, but somehow keeps its precarious balance." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "McDonald takes on frenetic, vast, fascinating Brasil in this epic interweaving three time-strands....McDonald's Brasyl is a magnificent place, and the motivations and possible results of the battle over the multitude of quantum universes it posits are chilling and wonderful." (starred review)
"Review" by , "McDonald has outdone his prodigious self. A novel that makes magic from technology, alien worlds from the everyday. A novel of swordfights and quantum physics, of sly reality-TV humor and sheer poetry. I loved these people, I rooted for them. McDonald has so many writer tricks that I could read this book a hundred times and learn something new every time."
"Review" by , "[McDonald's] characters are utterly believable, grounded in their unique pasts and presents"
"Review" by , "[A] grand novel spanning centuries and realities....McDonald imagines a history of Brazil that challenges all preconceptions, and he has a gift for wordsmithing, creating lyrical passages of superb storytelling that move with the times while remaining both current and timeless. Libraries of all sizes would benefit from adding this title to their sf collections."
"Review" by , "[R]ichly textured in terms of evoking the notion of Brazil as a truly alien place...very enjoyable."
"Review" by , "Brasyl is a fantastic, fast-moving thought experiment packaged as a novel, wrapped in a love story."
"Synopsis" by , Think Bladerunner in the tropics...

Be seduced, amazed, and shocked by one of the worlds greatest and strangest nations. Past, present, and future Brazil, with all its color, passion, and shifting realities, come together in a novel that is part SF, part history, part mystery, and entirely enthralling.

Three separate stories follow three main characters:

Edson is a self-made talent impresario one step up from the slums in a near future São Paulo of astonishing riches and poverty. A chance encounter draws Edson into the dangerous world of illegal quantum computing, but where can you run in a total surveillance society where every move, face, and centavo is constantly tracked?

Marcelina is an ambitious Rio TV producer looking for that big reality TV hit to make her name. When her hot idea leads her on the track of a disgraced World Cup soccer goalkeeper, she becomes enmeshed in an ancient conspiracy that threatens not just her life, but her very soul.

"Synopsis" by , Past, present, and future Brazil, with all its color, passion, and shifting realities, come together in a novel that is part Sci-Fi, part history, part mystery, and entirely enthralling.
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