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Brazilís most acclaimed young novelist, the mesmerizing story of how a
troubled young manís restorative journey to the seaside becomes a
violent struggle with his familyís past
óSo why did they kill him?
óIím getting there. Patience, tchÍ. I wanted to give you the context. Because itís a good story, isnít it?
A young manís father, close to
death, reveals to his son the true story of his grandfatherís death, or
at least the truth as he knows it. The mean old gaucho was murdered by
some fellow villagers in Garopaba, a sleepy town on the Atlantic now
famous for its surfing and fishing. It was almost an execution,
vigilante style. Or so the story goes.
It is almost as if his father has given the young man a deathbed
challenge. He has no strong ties to home, he is ready for a change, and
he loves the seaside and is a great ocean swimmer, so he strikes out for
Garopaba, without even being quite sure why. He finds an apartment by
the water and builds a simple new life, taking his fatherís old dog as
a companion. He swims in the sea every day, makes a few friends, enters
into a relationship, begins to make inquiries.
But information doesnít come
easily. A rare neurological condition means that he doesnít recognize
the faces of people heís met, leading frequently to awkwardness and
occasionally to hostility. And the people who know about his grandfather
seem fearful, even haunted. Life becomes complicated in Garopaba until
it becomes downright dangerous.
Steeped in a very special
atmosphere, both languid and tense, and soaked in the sultry allure of
south Brazil, Daniel Galeraís masterfully spare and powerful prose
unfolds a story of discovery that feels almost archetypalóa display
of storytelling sorcery that builds with oceanic force and announces one
of Brazilís greatest young writers to the English-speaking world.