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Crooked Plow

By Itamar Vieira Junior and Johnny Lorenz
Crooked Plow by Itamar Vieira Junior and Johnny Lorenz digital book - Fable

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Heralded as the most important Brazilian novel of the century so far, this bestseller's unique blend of magic and social realism won it three literary awards and global acclaim

'I heard  our grandmother asking what we were doing.'"Say something!" she demanded, threatening to tear out our tongues. Little did she know that one of us was holding her tongue in her hand.'

Deep in Brazil's neglected Bahia hinterland, two sisters find an ancient knife beneath their grandmother's bed and, momentarily mystified by its power, decide to taste its metal. The shuddering violence that follows marks their lives and binds them together forever.

Heralded as a new masterpiece, this fascinating and gripping story about the lives of subsistence farmers in Brazil's poorest region, three generations after the abolition of slavery, is at once fantastic and realist, covering themes of family, spirituality, slavery and its aftermath, and political struggle.

Translated by Johnny Lorenz.

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11 Reviews

4.5
“The landscape of this book, the plantation of farmers, is the subject and main character of the novel. Through the eyes of two sisters, the setting transforms before our very eyes. The land of their childhood feels different of soul to the land of their adulthood, as they form their own connections just as their parents had. And the fight for that land is inherently a fight for their lives and their lives of their family. It's beautifully narrative and the descriptions were so physical it sometimes felt like I could feel the dirt between my fingers. I learned so much through this book, but it never felt like a struggle to get through. I originally picked it up just because the cover art was so beautiful, and I'm so glad I did. These sisters, and their intertwined fates, are masterfully set up and executed. Highly recommend!”
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“The story of the sisters, the unbreakable bond between them was very endearing and touching to read. Both the sisters' stories impacted and resonated with me in different ways. Every word in this novel felt like the sound of a plough digging into the earth, enduring when all else fails and the strength of a generation of strong people. I loved every moment of reading this book! It's one of my favourite reads of this year.💖”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingImmersive settingDarkHeartbreakingThought-provoking
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Characters change and growBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingTwistyUnpredictableDark settingImmersive settingDarkRacismViolence

About Itamar Vieira Junior

Itamar Vieira Junior was born in Salvador, Bahia, in 1979. He holds a doctorate in Ethnic and African Studies. Before Crooked Plow, he published a collection of short stories entitled The Executioner’s Prayer, which was nominated for Brazil’s biggest literary award, the Jabuti. Crooked Plow won the prestigious 2018 LeYa Award in Portugal.

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