Synopses & Reviews
There are no heroes in Igna´cio de Loyola Branda~o's world, only victims: not only of violence, but of deceit, desire, and fear. In , Branda~o returns to his great subject: the tyranny of the community versus the individual, the city versus its inhabitants. Large enough to develop its own mythology, yet small enough to be provincial and petty, the city of Arealva (standing in for Brazil, and the world at large) is itself a character in Branda~o's latest novel, toying with and finally consuming its citizens with the innocent cruelty of a cat with its prey--it's nothing personal, but it needs the meat. A cross between a film noir and a Greek tragedy, with more than its share of sex and drugs (though no rock 'n' roll), begins with a murder and ends in a panorama of ambition, obsession, libido, hypocrisy, and loneliness.
"BrandÃ£o's latest surreal tale is a nimbly translated if often confusing thriller set in a dystopian Arealva, Brazil, where a moralizing serial killer named the Good-Bye Angel has, for the past decade, killed one victim per year 'to cleanse the earth of filthy people.' In his latest crime, Manuela, the wife of a powerful but corrupt man named Antenor, is found facedown in the bushes off a busy square. That same night, a vagrant known as the Nighttime Shoeshine Man claims to have seen the murderer and identifies him as an infamous, dangerous man named the Godfather. Meanwhile, bumbling reporter Pedro Quimera sets out to cover the murder, which has set off a chain of events that dredges up the secrets and horrors of each character's past. The narrative bears a reportorial tone--complete with citations and footnotes--as if the novel itself were a piece of journalism, adding another layer of complexity (or perplexity) to this crowded morality tale of a city's depravity and decline--with a startling denouement that must be read to be believed. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
An apocalyptic noir from the author of and .
About the Author
Ignácio de Loyola Brandão began his career writing film reviews and went on to work for one of the principal newspapers in São Paulo. Initially banned in Brazil, his novel Zero went on to win the prestigious Brasilia Prize and become a controversial bestseller. Brandão is the author of more than a half-dozen works of fiction, including Zero, Teeth Under the Sun, Angel of Death, and The Good-Bye Angel.Clifford E. Landers has translated works from Brazilian Portuguese by such authors as Jorge Amado, João Ubaldo Ribiero, Ignácio de Loyola Brandão, and Osman Lins. His Literary Translation: A Practical Guide was published by Multilingual Matters Ltd. in 2001. He was awarded both the Mario Ferreira Award in 1999 from ATA's Portuguese Language Division, as well as a Prose Translation grant from the NEA in 2004.