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Crooked Plow

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

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The prize winning international bestseller - 800,000 copies sold in Brazil

Shortlisted for The International Booker Prize 2024
Longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award


'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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Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingTwistyImmersive settingRealistic settingHeartbreakingThought-provokingAbuseViolence
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Believable charactersCharacters change and growLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenTwistyUnpredictableRealistic settingHeartbreakingThought-provoking

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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