Raduan Nassar

Raduan Nassar

Raduan Nassar was born in 1935 in Pindorama, in the state of São Paolo, Brazil. A Cup of Rage and Ancient Tillage are his two major literary works. Raised in a Lebanese immigrant family, Nassar attended law school at the University of São Paolo and was a journalist and editor for the newspaper Jornal de Bairro. Although hailed around the world as a major writer, Nassar has led a private existence since 1985, dedicated to farming and livestock production.

A Cup of Rage

Fiction by Raduan Nassar

Translated from the Portuguese by Stefan Tobler

A pair of lovers—a young female journalist and an older man who owns an isolated farm in Brazil—spend the night together. The next day they proceed to destroy each other. Amid vitriolic insults and scorching cruelty, their sexual adventure turns into a savage power game between two warring egos. This intense, erotic masterpiece—written by one of Brazil’s most highly regarded modernists—explores alienation, arrogance, machismo meltdown, the desire to dominate, and the wish to be dominated.…
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Ancient Tillage

Fiction by Raduan Nassar

Translated from the Portuguese by K. C. S. Sotelino

For André, 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 André’s tormented path.…
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How often, honestly, does the unveiling in translation of a “forgotten genius” live up to the hype? Well, here’s one who does: the Brazilian Raduan Nassar.

—Lorna Scott Fox, The Times Literary Supplement

[W]ith two short books that together amounted to fewer than three hundred pages, he was already being hailed as one of Brazil’s greatest writers, mentioned in the same breath as Clarice Lispector and João Guimarães Rosa.

—Alejandro Chacoff, The New Yorker

Cataclysmic, insatiable, and ablaze, Raduan Nassar’s voluptuous prose thundered through me from the very first line and shook me to the core.

—Claire-Louise Bennett, author of Pond

Raduan Nassar became a Brazilian sensation with his first novel. Now published in English, the world will come knocking.

The Independent
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