A Cup of Rage

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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4.9 X 0.4 X 6.8 inches | 0.2 pounds
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About the Author

Raduan Nassar was born in 1935 in Pindorama, in the state of Sao Paolo, Brazil. A Cup of Rage and Ancient Tillage are his two major literary works. Raised in a Lebanese immigrant family, Nassar attended law school at the University of Sao Paolo and was a journalist and editor for the newspaper Jornal de Bairro. Although hailed around the world as a major writer, Nassar has led a private existence since 1985, dedicated to farming and livestock production.
Born in Belém, Brazil, Stefan Tobler is the publisher of And Other Stories and, whenever time permits, a translator from Portuguese and German. His translation of Arno Geiger's The Old King in His Exile was shortlisted for both the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize and Schlegel-Tieck Prize, and his other translations include the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize-shortlisted Água Viva by Clarice Lispector and the Man Booker International Prize finalist A Cup of Rage by Raduan Nassar.


A savagely short novel of immeasurable ambition and violent beauty. This is the language of genius.--Juan Pablo Villalobos
From the first page, which opens in media res, it is apparent why Nassar has achieved such renown in his homeland, despite only publishing two novels before retreating from public life: his prose moves with a violence, vitality, and sexual energy that burns like a splash of acid.--Ciat Conlin
Born in Brazil in 1935 and from a Lebanese family, Nassar has been quietly raising livestock since 1985, a fact reflected in the settings of these two masterly novels, just translated into English. He's also a leading world writer, offering emotionally wrought scenes in vivid, liquid language, and his discovery will gratify anyone interested in fine literature.--Barbara Hoffert
The book contains much: rich inner monologue, political allusions, and a mesmerizing pull between dominance and insolence in lovers' quarrels.--Sara Wilson
Both books remain hot, dense and coarse, full of raw feeling and mental friction. Grainy as dust, dark as dirt. Nassar delivers his portraits of human fallibility and fragility masterfully.
Nassar...pitches into his sentences spanning whole chapters constructions so breathless that it's impossible not to dash through them. But the end of one only activates our craving for the next. This is downhill prose, not for savoring but for devouring.--Becca Rothfeld
How often, honestly, does the unveiling in translation of a "forgotten genius" live up to the hype? Well, here's one who does: the Brazilian Raduan Nassar.--Lorna Scott Fox"Putting in the boot" (04/20/2016)
[W]ith two short books that together amounted to fewer than three hundred pages, he was already being hailed as one of Brazil's greatest writers, mentioned in the same breath as Clarice Lispector and João Guimarães Rosa.--Alejandro Chacoff
A Cup of Rage is a burning coal of a work, superbly translated by Stefan Tobler.