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By Bernardo Kucinski, Sue Branford (Translated by)

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Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 29 January 2013
A remarkable novel written by the Brazilian journalist Bernardo Kucinski. K is the story of a father who searches desperately for his daughter, 'disappeared' during the military dictatorship in Brazil. The father is himself a refugee from Poland in the 1930s. He is racked by feelings of guilt-that because he was immersed in his Yiddish writing and scholarship, he did not really know his daughter or the danger that threatened her. The novel is based on a true story - the disappearance of Kucinski's younger sister in 1973. As the author says, 'Everything in this book is invented but almost everything happened'. The first Brazilian edition sold out in a few weeks, and the novel has been shortlisted for literary awards in Brazil and Portugal. Most recently it has been short-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the English edition Jan Rocha Acknowledgements Letters to someone who doesn't exist The vortex The trap The informers Her first pair of glasses The clandestine marriage Letter to a friend Books and revolution Jacobo The dog The day the Earth stood still Psychological warfare The matzeiva Left in the lurch Immunity, a paradox Two reports A nightmare Passion Memories, an inventory Therapy Giving up literature The army almanac The extortionists The Council meeting Streets and names Survivors, an afterthought The meeting at the barracks Message to comrade Klemente Postscript To the reader

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'A riveting novel and an important historical document... Always gripping' Richard Gott 'This important and powerful novel ... lyrically translated from the Portuguese. Highly recommended' Lindsey Hilsum ' ... a substantial literary work ' Hamilton Pereira (Pedro Tierra) 'Few tales have left such an impression on me, both for the tragic force of the narrative and for the feeling of revolt that it arouses' J. Guinsburg 'I couldn 't stop reading from the first page to the last' Gilberto Maringoni 'A masterpiece ... unique' Alipio Freire 'A remarkable book! One of the best accounts, perhaps the very best, written on the theme of the disappeared' Vladimir Sachetta

About the Author

Bernardo Kucinski is a Brazilian journalist and political scientist, professor at the University of Sao Paulo. Sue Branford reports from Latin America for the BBC and The Guardian.

Reviews

"A riveting novel and an important historical document....Always gripping."--Richard Got "This important and powerful novel...lyrically translated from the Portuguese. Highly recommended."--Lindsey Hilsum "A substantial literary work."--Hamilton Pereira (Pedro Tierra) "Few tales have left such an impression on me, both for the tragic force of the narrative and for the feeling of revolt that it arouses."--J. Guinsburg "I couldn't stop reading from the first page to the last."--Gilberto Maringoni "A masterpiece...unique."--Alipio Freire "A remarkable book! One of the best accounts, perhaps the very best, written on the theme of the disappeared."--Vladimir Sachetta -A riveting novel and an important historical document....Always gripping.---Richard Got -This important and powerful novel...lyrically translated from the Portuguese. Highly recommended.---Lindsey Hilsum -A substantial literary work.---Hamilton Pereira (Pedro Tierra) -Few tales have left such an impression on me, both for the tragic force of the narrative and for the feeling of revolt that it arouses.---J. Guinsburg -I couldn't stop reading from the first page to the last.---Gilberto Maringoni -A masterpiece...unique.---Alipio Freire -A remarkable book! One of the best accounts, perhaps the very best, written on the theme of the disappeared.---Vladimir Sachetta

EAN: 9781899365777
ISBN: 189936577X
Publisher: Latin America Bureau
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2 centimetres (0.42 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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