Blood-Drenched Beard

Blood-Drenched Beard

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From one of Brazil s most acclaimed young novelists, the mesmerizing story of a troubled young man s violent struggle with his family s past
A young man s father, close to death, reveals to his son the true story of his own father s end. The mean oldgaucho was murdered by some fellow villagersat a Sunday dance in Garopaba, a sleepy town on the Atlantic nowfamous for its surfing and fishing. It was a sort of execution, vigilante style. Or so the story goes.
The unnamed young man, who loves swimming in the sea and has no strong ties to home, strikesout for Garopaba without being quite surewhy. He builds a simple life and tries to find out more about his grandfather. But information doesn t come easily. Arareneurological condition means that he doesn trecognize the faces of people he s met, leadingto frequent awkwardness and occasional hostility. Life in Garopaba gets complicated until it becomes downright dangerous.
Atmospheric, both languid and tense, and soaked in the sultry allure of south Brazil, Blood-Drenched Beard announces one of the greatest youngBrazilian writers to the English-speaking world. Daniel Galera s spareand powerful prose unfolds a story of discoverythat feels archetypal and builds with oceanic force."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 374 pages
  • 137 x 208 x 23mm | 272g
  • Penguin Books
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143128361
  • 9780143128366

About Daniel Galera

Daniel Galerais a Brazilian translator and the author of four acclaimed novels. In 2013, Granta named Galera one of the Best Young Brazilian Novelists.He was born in Sao Paulo, but lives in Porto Alegre, where he has spent most of his life. He has translated the work of Zadie Smith, John Cheever, and David Mitchell into Portuguese.
Alison Entrekinhas translated Brazilian works includingCity of God by Paulo Lins, The Eternal Son by Cristovao Tezza, Budapest by Chico Buarque, andNear to the Wild Heartby Clarice Lispector, shortlisted for the PEN America Translation Prize."
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Joe Holland, Warwick's Bookstore"I loved this book. It's my favorite of the year. A can't-get-over-it-couldn't-put-it-down-was-late-to-work-because-of-it book. It throbs with tension. Made me queasy at times, made me laugh/cry, I was at Galera's mercy." Janice Segress, Queen Anne Book Company I devoured "Blood-Drenched Beard." Galera has that rare concoction of a true writer: intelligence, unique imagination, depth of self, all mixed with the ability to lay this under, through and over an original storyline and characters. Enchanted. "Kirkus Reviews: " Altogether impressive novel by a young writer .Galera writes lyrically of a land of jungle and beach, even when the mood turns Hitchcock-ian .An elegant, literate and literary mystery of appearances and disappearances. "Publishers Weekly " Galera s keen sense of characters and unflinching depictions of the sometimes awkward desperation of coastal life ground the story and give it a gritty feel that is consistently satisfying. "Library Journal: " The talented Galera, evidently highly regarded in his native Brazil, invests the mystery/quest structure of this novel with abundant colorful and lively details. "
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