Noites Lebloninas

Author: João Ubaldo Ribeiro
Publisher: Alfaguara
ISBN: 8579623499
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João Ubaldo Ribeiro consagrou-se como um dos maiores romancistas da literatura brasileira, capaz de compor livros envolventes, como Sargento Getúlio, satíricos, como A casa dos budas ditosos, e grandes romances de formação da identidade nacional, como Viva o povo brasileiro. Ele era também preciso na narrativa curta, e "Noites lebloninas" é um ótimo exemplo dessa sua outra faceta. Este projeto, inacabado, seria composto por uma série de textos sobre a boemia carioca, mas o escritor terminou apenas dois dos contos antes de nos deixar. Eles mostram, no entanto, como João Ubaldo era, acima de tudo, um mestre na arte de contar uma boa história. Festas intermináveis, porres quase fatais. Botequins e bebedores singulares. Os cenários e os personagens do Baixo Leblon ganham vida nestes dois contos saborosos, narrados por um porteiro que tudo vê e tudo escuta.

House Of The Fortunate Buddhas

Author: João Ubaldo Ribeiro
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
ISBN: 1564785890
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Set in 1940s and '50s provincial Brazil, House of the Fortunate Buddhas is perhaps most startling for it fiery, uninhibited, and highly compelling narrator. By force of her intelligence, courage, and strength of will, she achieves an unlikely liberation of both mind and body, and her sardonic, frank—some have called it pornographic—monologue is an unforgettable work of literary ventriloquism, telling the story of one woman's journey toward fulfillment. From the book: “I decided to give my testimony orally, instead of writing it down, for several reasons, the major one being arthritis. No, let's cut that last line out! I don't have arthritis, and even if I did, I certainly wouldn't let any get into my book. So, fine: preface. I decided to give my testimony orally instead of in writing mainly because it's impossible to write about sex, at least in Portuguese, without coming off like a prostitute who's just been asked to 'talk dirty' for the twentieth time in the same day . . ." House of the Fortunate Buddhas has been translated into French (winning the Grinzane Cavour Prize), Italian, and Spanish, and was adapted into a hit one-woman play in Brazil.

The Lizard S Smile

Author: João Ubaldo Ribeiro
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 9780689121258
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Acid satire and magic realism, erotic raunchiness and spiritualism, fantasy and ecological protest are seamlessly melded in Brazilian novelist Ribeiro's sprawling, exotic, loquacious, captivating novel.

Club Of Angels

Author: Luis Fernando Verissimo
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446484912
Size: 50.90 MB
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With the knowledge that every mouthful may be your last comes a special flavor, an added piquancy, that is hard to resist. Not for nothing is gluttony a deadly sin. At first there were ten of them. Once the gilded youth of their city, they would meet each month to dine fabulously and celebrate their friendship and singularity. But 20 years on, the world is not as impressed with them as they anticipated. Indignant girlfriends, distrustful wives, bankruptcy, divorce and death have weakened their bond - until Daniel meets Lucidio. In his new friend Daniel thinks he has found the recipe to reinvigorate their meetings. Lucidio is mysteriously taciturn but in the privacy of Daniel's kitchen, his genius recreates their favourite dishes as a gastronomic experience like no other. One helping is never enough. Particularly for a group that have always wanted more ...

The Fuck Up

Author: Arthur Nersesian
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439184554
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Arthur Nersesian's underground literary treasure is an unforgettable slice of gritty New York City life. This is the darkly hilarious odyssey of an anonymous slacker. He's a perennial couch-surfer, an aspiring writer searching for himself in spite of himself, and he's just trying to survive. But life has other things in store for the fuck-up. From being dumped by his girlfriend to getting fired for asking for a raise, from falling into a robbery to posing as a gay man to keep his job at a porno theater, the fuck-up's tragi-comedy is perfectly realized by Arthur Nersesian, who manages to create humor and suspense out of urban desperation. "Read it and howl," says Bruce Benderson (author of User), "and be glad it didn't happen to you."

Woman Of The Ashes

Author: Mia Couto
Publisher: Sands of the Emperor
ISBN: 0374292272
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The first in a trilogy about the last emperor of southern Mozambique by one of Africa’s most important writers Southern Mozambique, 1894. Sergeant Germano de Melo is posted to the village of Nkokolani to oversee the Portuguese conquest of territory claimed by Ngungunyane, the last of the leaders of the state of Gaza, the second-largest empire led by an African. Ngungunyane has raised an army to resist colonial rule and with his warriors is slowly approaching the border village. Desperate for help, Germano enlists Imani, a fifteen-year-old girl, to act as his interpreter. She belongs to the VaChopi tribe, one of the few who dared side with the Portuguese. But while one of her brothers fights for the Crown of Portugal, the other has chosen the African emperor. Standing astride two kingdoms, Imani is drawn to Germano, just as he is drawn to her. But she knows that in a country haunted by violence, the only way out for a woman is to go unnoticed, as if made of shadows or ashes. Alternating between the voices of Imani and Germano, Mia Couto’s Woman of the Ashes combines vivid folkloric prose with extensive historical research to give a spellbinding and unsettling account of war-torn Mozambique at the end of the nineteenth century.

My German Brother

Author: Chico Buarque
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 1509806474
Size: 24.67 MB
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Ciccio already has many problems: romantic failure, an older brother who seems intent on breaking the heart of every beautiful woman in São Paulo, a distant and larger-than-life father. When Ciccio finds, among the many of his father’s books that line the walls of their house, a troubling letter dated ‘December 21, 1931. Berlin’, his existential crisis only intensifies. It seems that his father once had a child with another woman – a German son whose fate remains unclear. Ciccio sets out on a mission to locate his lost half-brother, and to win the respect of his father. But as Brazil's military government cracks down on dissent, and rumours of arrests and disappearances spread, while Ciccio has been out looking for his German brother, he finds that he has taken his eye off his immediate family... In writing My German Brother, acclaimed Brazilian novelist and musician Chico Buarque was driven by the desire to find out what happened to his own German half-brother – whether he survived the war in a bomb-ravaged Berlin, whether he had joined the ranks of the Hitler Youth. His novel has been a project of a lifetime, one that makes use of what happened, what might have happened, and pure imagination, in order to weave together the threads of narrative and arrive at a truth.