Gringa Reads

New Spring Reads

New BooksZoe PerryComment

It's been awhile since I received a package in the mail from Companhia das Letras, so I was very pleased to collect these three new releases from the postman this morning.

The big red book in the top left corner is Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers),a title that might sound familiar. This is a new graphic novel by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá (published by the Quadrinhos na Cia. imprint) based on Milton Hatoum's well-loved, Jabuti award-winning novel by the same name about two Lebanese brothers in Manaus. It's gorgeous and just might motivate me to work on a future post about Brazilian graphic novels. And it's not often (ever?) I get to say this on this blog, but an English translation of this one is already in the works!

The turquoise cover on the right is Restinga: dez contos e uma novela (Restinga: Ten Stories and One Novella), a collection by Miguel del Castillo. Miguel was one of Granta's Best Young Brazilian Writers, and if you're a Granta subscriber, you can read some of his work in English here.

And the final book this round is Turismo Para Cegos (Tourism for the Blind) by Tércia MontenegroI actually bought and downloaded this book to my Kindle just last week, after seeing a lot of buzz about it on social media, but I was extra happy to receive a physical copy. It's an incredible debut novel (Tércia is an award-winning short story writer, but this is her first longer work) and I've been loving every page. I want to work on a sample, but for practical reasons I sometimes find it easier to work from a hardcopy than a Kindle version. Perhaps the reason I was most delighted to see this book "in real life" is the (yet again) beautiful job Companhia has done with the cover – it's covered in raised dots, almost like Braille (if you didn't get the hint from the title, one of the main characters is blind). There's a review already in the works for this one.

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And as a bonus read this post, O que não existe mais by Krishna Monteiro, kindly received a couple weeks ago from Oasys Cultural. Krishna is diplomat, currently based here in London, and this book of short stories, mixing prose and poetry, is his first. I'm looking forward to reading this on vacation next week.