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Chronicle of the Murdered House (Paperback)

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By Lucio Cardoso, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator), Robin Patterson (Translator)
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Winner of the 2017 Best Translated Book Award, CHRONICLE OF THE MURDERED HOUSE is a fun, and sometime funny, family melodrama involving extramarital affairs, incest, unrequited passions and revenge. Here the murdered house is the Charcara dos Menezes, the Brazilian country home of the locally prominent Meneses family and its three grown sons. The family’s arrogance leads the household and those within it down a course of decay – both spiritual and literal. CHRONICLE OF THE MURDERED HOUSE earns pride of place as a classic of world literature because it is a complete novel: fully realized characters, expressive writing, an exciting, finely plotted story and enduring reflections on the human condition. — From CHRONICLE OF THE MURDERED HOUSE (Lucio Cardoso)


Winner of the 2017 Best Translated Book Award

Longlisted for the 2017 National Translation Award

"The book itself is strange--part Faulknerian meditation on the perversities, including sexual, of degenerate country folk; part Dostoevskian examination of good and evil and God--but in its strangeness lies its rare power, and in the sincerity and seriousness with which the essential questions are posed lies its greatness."--Benjamin Moser, from the introduction

Long considered one of the most important works of twentieth-century Brazilian literature, Chronicle of the Murdered House is finally available in English.

Set in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, the novel relates the dissolution of a once proud patriarchal family that blames its ruin on the marriage of its youngest son, Valdo, to Nina--a vibrant, unpredictable, and incendiary young woman whose very existence seems to depend on the destruction of the household. This family's downfall, peppered by stories of decadence, adultery, incest, and madness, is related through a variety of narrative devices, including letters, diaries, memoirs, statements, confessions, and accounts penned by the various characters.

L cio Cardoso (1912-1968) turned away from the social realism fashionable in 1930s Brazil and opened the doors of Brazilian literature to introspective works such as those of Clarice Lispector--his greatest follower and admirer.

Margaret Jull Costa has translated dozens of works from both Spanish and Portuguese, including books by Javier Mar as and Jos Saramago. Her translations have received numerous awards, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 2014 she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

Robin Patterson was mentored by Margaret Jull Costa, and has translated Our Musseque by Jos Luandino Vieira.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781940953502
ISBN-10: 1940953502
Publisher: Open Letter
Publication Date: December 13th, 2016
Pages: 592
Language: English