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The Words that Remain

Translated from the original Portuguese by Bruna Dantas Lobata
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

A letter has beckoned to Raimundo since he received it over fifty years ago from his youthful passion, handsome Cícero. But having grown up in an impoverished area of Brazil where demands of manual labor thwarted his becoming literate, Raimundo has been unable to read. Exploring Brazil’s little-known hinterland as well its urban haunts, this is a sweeping novel of repression, violence, and shame, along with survival, endurance, and the ultimate triumph of an unforgettable figure on society’s margins. The Words That Remain explores the universal power of the written word and language, and how they affect all our relationships.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Stênio
Gardel

Stênio Gardel was born in 1980 in the rural northeast of Brazil. The Words That Remain is his first novel. It was nominated in two major Brazilian literary awards: São Paulo Literature Award 2022 for best debut novel and Jabuti Award 2022 for best literary novel.

Stênio Gardel was born in 1980 in the rural northeast of Brazil. The Words That Remain is his first novel. It was nominated in two major Brazilian literary awards: São Paulo Literature Award 2022 for best debut novel and Jabuti Award 2022 for best literary novel.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Bruna
Dantas Lobato

Bruna Dantas Lobato is a Brazilian writer and literary translator who lives in St. Louis.

Bruna Dantas Lobato is a Brazilian writer and literary translator who lives in St. Louis.

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

The words that remain is a tender and sad love story. Extremely poetic written, it explores language and how it affects human relations. The author manages to play with oral and written languages, causing a role amount of sensations throughout the book.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
17/01/2023
Country
Brazil
Original Language
Portuguese
Publisher
New Vessel Press
Translator
Bruna Dantas Lobato
Translation
Translated from the original Portuguese by Bruna Dantas Lobata

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