The And Other Stories Portuguese reading group returns in 2020 with an all-Brazilian selection! All four of our titles this year are linked by questions of identity and belonging: first, we have Rootless, the debut novel of Brazilian-Chilean author Alejandro Chacoff, which explores rural Mato Grosso through the keen eyes of a young boy returning to his mother’s home state after years spent living abroad; next, we have Nara Vidal’s Luck, another debut novel (and a winner of the 2019 Oceanos Prize), which is set in the 19th century and follows the ill-fated journey of a young Irish girl and her family to the newly established Empire of Brazil; Cezar Tridapalli’s Ground Vertigo is another trans- Atlantic affair, simultaneously charting the adventures of a Brazilian in Holland and a Dutchman in Brazil with intentionally disorienting results; and, finally, we have Whirlwind on a Torrid Day, by Jarid Arraes, an astonishing collection of short stories that explore themes such as gender, race and sexuality in the author’s native Cariri region of Ceara, in the northeast of Brazil.
How it works
1. To read the whole book, you please order the books yourself from a shop or library if you can. If you have trouble finding a title, we may be able to lend you a copy – email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put in touch with the organiser, letting us know where you live.
2. Read the books, then add your thoughts in the comments below.
3. Join us at an online meet-up to discuss what we have read. You can be sure of lively, well informed discussion.
Where and when
September – November 2020
Bruna Dantas Lobato will be hosting an online discussion during the American Literary Translators Association Conference, on Friday, 9th October at 12pm EST/5pm BST.
Victor Meadowcroft will be holding a second online meeting to discuss these books on Thursday, 12th November at 7pm GMT/2pm EST.
Readers are welcome to join either or both events. Please get in touch with us at email@example.com for joining instructions.