Orphans of Eldorado

Orphans of Eldorado

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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.

Theirs is a relationship full of passion and limitless ambition. Separating father and son is a remarkable cast of characters, from Angelina, the dead mother, to Denisio, the infernal boatman, and at the centre, Dinaura, a girl who betwitches Arminto and dreams of Eldorado...

Orphans of Eldorado is a rich and magical fable that beautifully captures the atmosphere of the steamy, lush Amazonian world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 130 x 200 x 10mm | 125g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1847673007
  • 9781847673008
  • 346,531

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'Hatoum is a tough and gifted novelist: he is able simultaneously to render the richness and strangeness of the amazonian vegetation and the melting pot of cultures in it, and to tell a human tale that is complex and wry and
occasionally terrible.' A.S. Byatt

'One of South America's leading contemporary novelists.' Guardian

Arminto Cordovil has inherited a fortune, and with it control of his father's shipping empire. But when a freighter, The Eldorado, crashes in the lower reaches of the Amazon, its shipwrecked hull seems tied to Arminto's destiny. He will soon discover his father's cunning and the disastrous consequences it will have for his own young life.

Orphans of Eldorado is a magical retelling of a legendary expedition. From the vibrant port of Manaus, through the lush heart of the Amazon, Hatoum takes us on a quest for our greatest desires.
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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 Hatoum's THE BROTHERS A profoundly textured work that is sophisticated, elegant, unusually vivid and intriguingly convincing. -- Irish Times on Hatoum's TALE OF A CERTAIN ORIENT Clear in each particular but tantalisingly elusive in its overall meaning, Orphans of Eldorado does what every good telling of a myth should. -- Adrian Turpin * * Financial Times * * Delicately crafted and dreamlike. * * Financial Times * *
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About Milton Hatoum

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.
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285 ratings
3.18 out of 5 stars
5 13% (36)
4 27% (78)
3 34% (96)
2 19% (54)
1 7% (21)
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