Crooked Plow: A Novel (Verso Fiction) (Paperback)

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Crooked Plow: A Novel (Verso Fiction) (Paperback)


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Heralded as the most important Brazilian novel of the century so far, this bestseller's unique blend of magic and social realism won it three literary awards and global acclaim

'I heard  our grandmother asking what we were doing.'"Say something!" she demanded, threatening to tear out our tongues. Little did she know that one of us was holding her tongue in her hand.'

Deep in Brazil's neglected Bahia hinterland, two sisters find an ancient knife beneath their grandmother's bed and, momentarily mystified by its power, decide to taste its metal. The shuddering violence that follows marks their lives and binds them together forever.

Heralded as a new masterpiece, this fascinating and gripping story about the lives of subsistence farmers in Brazil's poorest region, three generations after the abolition of slavery, is at once fantastic and realist, covering themes of family, spirituality, slavery and its aftermath, and political struggle.

Translated by Johnny Lorenz.
Itamar Vieira Junior was born in Salvador, Bahia, in 1979. He holds a doctorate in Ethnic and African Studies. Before Crooked Plow, he published a collection of short stories entitled The Executioner’s Prayer, which was nominated for Brazil’s biggest literary award, the Jabuti. Crooked Plow won the prestigious 2018 LeYa Award in Portugal.
Product Details ISBN: 9781839766404
ISBN-10: 1839766409
Publisher: Verso Fiction
Publication Date: June 27th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Verso Fiction
"A leading voice among the Black authors who have jolted Brazil’s literary establishment in recent years with imaginative and searing works that have found commercial success and critical acclaim."
New York Times

"One of the great novels of the year…" 
– João Céu e Silva, Diário de Notícias

"A tour de force of injustice…"
Americas Quarterly

“Beautiful, powerful and moving, it presents great literature with a simplicity that torments.”
Pessoa Magazine