BLOOD-DRENCHED BEARD by Daniel Galera - BOOK - ADVANCE READING COPY
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.