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a new translation

from the portuguese

This gritty, dryly funny book tells the story of Paulo Honório, a field hand who learns to read and write in jail, emerging with the ambition of buying and restoring to greatness the now-decrepit property where he was once a day laborer. São Bernardo, named for his ranch, is the memoir of his rise and fall, written in his own rough-hewn voice.  

" illuminating interpretation of the novel in its own right.”  Words Without Borders

Shortlisted, Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize

Runner-up, UK Society of Authors TA First Translation Prize


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Padma Viswanathan is the author of two novels, a book length translation, and numerous short works of fiction and nonfiction. This is her official web site.

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