Brazil, the great Jorge Amado said, is not a country but a continent. In this latest instalment of the Best of Young Novelists series that introduced Jonathan Franzen, Salman Rushdie, A.L. Kennedy and Zadie Smith, Granta presents the young writers who are telling modern Brazil’s vast and compelling story – and who are its future.
‘Guys like V seem to be everywhere in Brazil these days: riding in vehicles they can’t afford, buying the latest generation TV sets and smart phones, getting hooked on endless installment plans and the allure of easy credit.’
‘From the future, Cuenca narrates Rio’s collapse and the personal fall of the main character. He does it with the elegant distance of a data collector but also with the terrifying certainty of one who knows there’s no going back.’
‘The thing I really love about this story is how it manages its matryoshka feat – to be at once a free floating meditation, leaping like some street cat from wall to wall, while also going deeper and deeper into a single theme.’
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