I Didn't Talk

(Author) (Translator)
Product Details
$15.95  $14.83
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
5.1 X 0.5 X 7.9 inches | 0.4 pounds
BISAC Categories:

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate
About the Author
Beatriz Bracher, born in Sao Paulo in 1961, grew up under the Brazilian military dictatorship. Her memories of that time intersect with the lives of people whose friends and lovers were tortured, exiled, and killed, as well as with those who did the killing. An editor, screenwriter, and the author of six books of fiction, Bracher has won three of Brazil's most prestigious literary awards: the Clarice Lispector Prize, the Rio Prize, and the Sao Paulo Prize.
A writer and translator based in California, Adam Morris has translated novels by Hilda Hilst and Joao Gilberto Noll.
Beatriz Bracher: intense and precise.
Crisp, dizzying.
Extraordinary force and beauty--also a reflection on the construction of memory and the power of the tale.
Brazil's Bracher arrives in English with this brilliant, enigmatic rumination...Bracher is a force to be reckoned with and has crafted a haunting, powerful novel.
Pensive novel of political terror and its consequences, set in the shadow of post-junta Brazil....A slender but memorable contribution to the literature of crime and (sometimes self-inflicted) punishment.-- (05/01/2018)
While the central question--did Gustavo give away his brother-in-law?--serves as a locus for the book, it is really an extended meditation on a variety of topics: the (un)reliability of memory, the meaning of education, the way members of families see one another, and the crushing impact of the dictatorship years on generations past and present. Translator Adam Morris deftly renders Bracher's conversational style, chasing Gustavo as he skips from one topic to another, lost in the haze of memory.
Bracher's story abounds with narrative and thematic contradictions and encompasses everything from the gulf between our own self-image and how others perceive us to the flaws that can arise when one attempts to apply literary analysis to a life. The resulting narrative is unpredictable and its dissonances resonate powerfully.--Tobias Carroll
Bracher's novel examines the way in which stories give shape and meaning to the unknowable, and resists the notion that one definitive version of history can or should impose meaning on the past.--Tristen Harwood"Shaping the senseless with stories: Beatriz Bracher's 'I Didn't Talk'" (12/20/2018)
"Brazil's "ghosts" refuse to stay buried, and they haunt the narrator of Bracher's novel."--Lisa Mullenneaux"Juntas and Housewives: Three Books from Brazil" (06/24/2019)
I Didn't Talk is a cheeky and patient book, gently confronting pain without sacrificing wit, a book which merges together a fraught past and an uncertain future.-- (06/19/2018)