Ancient Tillage


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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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4.9 X 0.6 X 6.9 inches | 0.35 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.
Karen Sherwood Sotelino has translated novels and short stories from Portuguese into English. Recently, she has taught at Stanford University, where she is a visiting scholar in the department of Iberian and Latin American cultures.


Raduan Nassar became a Brazilian sensation with his first novel. Now published in English, the world will come knocking.
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)