As I wind things down before taking a break until the New Year, I wanted to post a list of my top six Brazilian books from this year. I'm not always good at following rules, so no, it's not a round number, and no, not all of these were published in 2014. But here goes:
Opisanie swiata by Veronica Stigger. Easily in my top 5 books ever – yes, it's that good.
F by Antônio Xerxenesky. I had my doubts when I saw Orson Welles was one of the characters, but this book hooked me immediately. The finest "pop" novel I've read out of Brazil.
Sérgio Y. vai à América by Alexandre Vidal Porto. A powerful book. Also wins for biggest potential spoiler of the year.
De gados e homens by Ana Paula Maia. The first Brazilian book I read this year. Rich and atmospheric.
Um homem burro morreu by Rafael Sperling. Rebellious and hilarious, this guy is right up my alley.
And because I also read Brazilian books in translation, as a bonus, here's one available in English:
Family Heirlooms by Zulmira Ribeiro Tavares, translated by the great Daniel Hahn and published by Frisch & Co. This book was a treat to read and I can't wait to discover more by her.
I haven't posted reviews for all of these yet, but expect them in the coming year!