Orphans of Eldorado

Orphans of Eldorado

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By (author) Milton Hatoum, Translated by John Gledson


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  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 214mm x 16mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1847673007
  • ISBN 13: 9781847673008
  • Edition statement: Main ed
  • Sales rank: 260,125

Product description

The setting for this magical fable is Eldorado, the Enchanted city that inhabited the fevered dreams of European navigators and conquistadors, but eluded all attempts to find it on the map. Some have linked it to Manaus in the Amazon Basin, and it is here that Arminto Cordovil lives with his father Amando in a white mansion. Orphans of Eldorado is a rich and magical fable that beautifully captures the atmosphere of the steamy, lush Amazonian world.

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Author information

Born in Manaus in 1952, Milton Hatoum's first novel, TALE OF A CERTAIN ORIENT, was published in 1989, followed by THE BROTHERS in 2000. Both won the prestigious Jabuti Prize for best novel. ASHES OF THE AMAZON (2005) was also awarded the Jabuti Prize, as well as the Portugal Telecom Prize for literature.

Review quote

'The story is universal, though sensuously anchored in Manaus, gripping in both its particular twists and its tragic inevitability, it is a human story told in a world made real by a very good writer.' A.S. Byatt on THE BROTHERS