The first Brazilian edition sold out in a few weeks, and the novel has been shortlisted for literary awards in Brazil and Portugal. Most recently it has been short-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015.
Letters to someone who doesn’t exist
Her first pair of glasses
The clandestine marriage
Letter to a friend
Books and revolution
The day the Earth stood still
Left in the lurch
Immunity, a paradox
Memories, an inventory
Giving up literature
The army almanac
The Council meeting
Streets and names
Survivors, an afterthought
The meeting at the barracks
Message to comrade Klemente
To the reader
'A riveting novel and an important historical document... Always gripping'
'This important and powerful novel ... lyrically translated from the Portuguese. Highly recommended'
' ... a substantial literary work '
Hamilton Pereira (Pedro Tierra)
'Few tales have left such an impression on me, both for the tragic force of the narrative and for the feeling of revolt that it arouses'
'I couldn 't stop reading from the first page to the last'
'A masterpiece ... unique'
'A remarkable book! One of the best accounts, perhaps the very best, written on the theme of the disappeared'
Bernardo Kucinski is a Brazilian journalist and political scientist, professor at the University of São Paulo.
Sue Branford Sue Branford reports from Latin America for the BBC and The Guardian.