Tezza
2012 Shortlist

The Eternal Son

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

In this multi-award-winning autobiographical novel, Cristovão Tezza draws his readers into the mind of a young father whose son, Felipe, is born with Down Syndrome. From the initial shock of diagnosis, and through his growing understanding of the world of hospitals and therapies, Tezza threads the story of his son’s life with his own.

Felipe, who lives in an eternal present, becomes a remarkable young man; for Tezza, however, the story is a settling of accounts with himself and his own limitations and, ultimately, a coming to terms with the sublime ironies and arbitrariness of life. He struggles with the phantom of shame, as if his son’s condition was an indication of his own worth, and yearns for a ‘normal’ world that is always out of reach.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Cristavao
Tezza

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Alison
Entrekin

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
01/03/2010
Country
Brazil
Original Language
Portuguese
Publisher
Scribe Publications
Translator
Alison Entrekin

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