The Taker and Other Stories

Rubem Fonseca (Author) Clifford E. Landers (Translator)
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"Each of Fonseca's books is not only a worthwhile journey; it is also, in some way, a necessary one."--Thomas Pynchon

Most widely admired for his short fiction, The Taker and Other Stories is Fonseca's first collection to appear in English translation, and it ranges across his oeuvre, exploring the sights and sounds of the modern landscape of Rio de Janeiro. Rubem Fonseca's Rio is a city at war, a city whose vast disparities--in wealth, social standing, and prestige--are untenable. In the stories of The Taker, rich and poor live in an uneasy equilibrium, where only overwhelming force can maintain order, and violence and deception are essential tools of survival.

Whether recounting the story of a businessman who runs over pedestrians to let off steam, a serial killer being pushed to ever greater crimes by his bourgeois lover, the desperate poor rushing to butcher a cow that has been killed in a traffic accident, or a man seeking out confirmation for a past which his friends deny, Fonseca repeatedly reaffirms his status as one of the purest storytellers on the contemporary Brazilian literary scene.

Rubem Fonseca is considered one of Brazil's most influential writers, and was awarded the Premio Camoes--considered the Nobel Prize of Portuguese language literature--for his body of work in 2003. That same year he was awarded the Juan Rulfo Prize.

Clifford E. Landers has translated many of the great writers of Brazil, including Jorge Amado, Joao Ubaldo Ribeiro, Patricia Melo, Osman Lins, and Moacyr Scliar among others. He received the Mario Ferreira Award in 1999.

Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
Open Letter
Publish Date
November 15, 2008
Pages
166
Dimensions
5.75 X 0.8 X 8.8 inches | 0.73 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781934824023
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About the Author

Rubem Fonseca is considered one of Brazil's most influential writers, and was awarded the Premio Camoes--considered the Nobel Prize of Portuguese language literature--for his body of work in 2003. That same year he was awarded the Juan Rulfo Prize.

Clifford E. Landers has translated many of the great writers of Brazil, including Jorge Amado, Joao Ubaldo Ribeiro, Patricia Melo, Osman Lins, and Moacyr Scliar among others. He received the Mario Ferreira Award in 1999.

Reviews

"Fonseca's work confirms, in the final analysis, that as a writer he has gone where none have dared in Brazilian literature."
"[Fonseca's narratives] take advantage of and reinvent existing popular literary forms, such as the crime novel, but also the political, social, existential and erotic novel."
"The Taker is like a blast to the headhere is a dark, sinister Rio de Janeiro, populated by street urchins, stalkers and serial killers. What sort of urban hell have we stumbled into? ... Short, fragmented vignettes that ring with the hard-boiled edge of crime fiction."Anderson Tepper, "Time Out New York""
"The Taker is like a blast to the head--here is a dark, sinister Rio de Janeiro, populated by street urchins, stalkers and serial killers. What sort of urban hell have we stumbled into? ... Short, fragmented vignettes that ring with the hard-boiled edge of crime fiction."--Anderson Tepper, Time Out New York

"The Taker is like a blast to the head--here is a dark, sinister Rio de Janeiro, populated by street urchins, stalkers and serial killers. What sort of urban hell have we stumbled into? ... Short, fragmented vignettes that ring with the hard-boiled edge of crime fiction."--Anderson Tepper, Time Out New York

"Rubem Fonseca writes like the maniacal dreamchild of Cortazar and Bukowski. Crazed, ribald, and relentless, the stories in The Taker roam the streets of Rio like their disturbed characters, overwhelmed by the strangeness of life."--Stewart O'Nan

"Fonseca's work confirms, in the final analysis, that as a writer he has gone where none have dared in Brazilian literature."--World Literature Today

"[Fonseca's narratives] take advantage of and reinvent existing popular literary forms, such as the crime novel, but also the political, social, existential and erotic novel."--2003 Juan Rulfo Prize Jury