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 Review

A Brazilian master novelist in English at last

Ancient Tillage

Fiction by Raduan Nassar

Translated by K. C. S. Sotelino

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Paperback (published February 1, 2017)

ISBN
9780811226561
Price US
14.95
Price CN
19.95
Trim Size
5 x 7
Page Count
184

Ebook (published February 1, 2017)

ISBN
9780811226578

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 Review

[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

Nassar…pitches into his sentences spanning whole chapters constructions so breathless that it’s impossible not to dash through them. But the end of one only activates our craving for the next. This is downhill prose, not for savoring but for devouring.

—Becca Rothfeld, Bookforum

Both books remain hot, dense and coarse, full of raw feeling and mental friction. Grainy as dust, dark as dirt. Nassar delivers his portraits of human fallibility and fragility masterfully.

On Art and Aesthetics

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

While reading, and marveling at, Ancient Tillage and *A Cup of Rage*—both of them set on farms in the Brazilian outback, both of them stylistically bold achievements—we are struck by two other feelings: disappointment that Nassar wrote so little, and disbelief that it took so long to render his unique voice into English.

—Malcolm Forbes, The National

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

The Independent