While the central question—did Gustavo give away his brother-in-law?—serves as a locus for the book, it is really an extended meditation on a variety of topics: the (un)reliability of memory, the meaning of education, the way members of families see one another, and the crushing impact of the dictatorship years on generations past and present. Translator Adam Morris deftly renders Bracher’s conversational style, chasing Gustavo as he skips from one topic to another, lost in the haze of memory.

World Literature Today

The English-language debut of a master stylist: a compassionate but relentless novel about the long, dark harvest of Brazil’s totalitarian rule

Available July 31, 2018

I Didn't Talk

Fiction by Beatriz Bracher

Translated from the Portuguese by Adam Morris

A professor prepares to retire—Gustavo is set to move from São Paulo to the countryside, but it isn’t the urban violence he’s fleeing: what he fears most is the violence of his memory. But as he sorts out his papers, the ghosts arrive in full force. He was arrested in 1970 with his brother-in-law Armando: both were viciously tortured. He was eventually released; Armando was killed. No one is certain that he didn’t turn traitor: I didn’t talk, he tells himself, yet guilt is his lifelong harvest. I Didn’t Talk pits everyone against the protagonist—especially his own brother. The torture never ends, despite his bones having healed and his teeth having been replaced. And to make matters worse, certain details from his shattered memory don’t quite add up… Beatriz Bracher depicts a life where the temperature is lower, there is no music, and much is out of view. I Didn’t Talk’s pariah’s-eye-view of the forgotten “small” victims powerfully bears witness to their “internal exile.” I didn’t talk, Gustavo tells himself; and as Bracher honors his endless pain, what burns this tour de force so indelibly in the reader’s mind is her intensely controlled voice.

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Paperback (published July 31, 2018)

ISBN
9780811227360
Price US
15.95
Price CN
21.95
Trim Size
4 1/2 x 7 1/4"
Page Count
160pp
ISBN
9780811227377

Beatriz Bracher

Brazilian writer

While the central question—did Gustavo give away his brother-in-law?—serves as a locus for the book, it is really an extended meditation on a variety of topics: the (un)reliability of memory, the meaning of education, the way members of families see one another, and the crushing impact of the dictatorship years on generations past and present. Translator Adam Morris deftly renders Bracher’s conversational style, chasing Gustavo as he skips from one topic to another, lost in the haze of memory.

World Literature Today

I Didn’t Talk is a cheeky and patient book, gently confronting pain without sacrificing wit, a book which merges together a fraught past and an uncertain future.

Commonplace Review

Brazil’s Bracher arrives in English with this brilliant, enigmatic rumination…Bracher is a force to be reckoned with and has crafted a haunting, powerful novel.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Pensive novel of political terror and its consequences, set in the shadow of post-junta Brazil….A slender but memorable contribution to the literature of crime and (sometimes self-inflicted) punishment.

Kirkus

Beatriz Bracher: intense and precise.

Folha De S. Paulo

Extraordinary force and beauty—also a reflection on the construction of memory and the power of the tale.

O Estado De S. Paulo

Crisp, dizzying.

Jornal Do Brasil