Ancient Tillage (Paperback)

By Raduan Nassar, Karen Sherwood Sotelino (Translator)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811226561, 184pp.

Publication Date: January 31, 2017

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Description

For Andre, a young man growing up on a farm in Brazil, life consists of "the earth, the wheat, the bread, our table, and our family." He loves the land, fears his austere, pious father, who preaches from the head of the table as if from a pulpit, and loathes himself as he begins to harbor shameful feelings for his sister Ana. Lyrical and sensual, written with biblical intensity, this classic Brazilian coming-of-age novel follows Andre's tormented path. He falls into the comforting embrace of liquor as--in his psychological and sexual awakening--he must choose between body and soul, obligation and freedom.
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