The House in Smyrna

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5.5 X 7.7 X 0.6 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author
Tatiana Salem Levy is a writer, essayist, and researcher at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Her first novel, The House in Smyrna (also published by Scribe and translated by Alison Entrekin), won Brazil's biggest literary award -- the São Paulo Prize for Literature -- for a debut work. She lives in Lisbon, and is a columnist for the newspaper Valor Econômico.
Alison Entrekin has translated a number of works by Brazilian and Portuguese authors into English, including City of God by Paulo Lins and Budapest by Chico Buarque.

"Wonderful...deceptively simple prose carrying a great power of sorrow and, interestingly, hope."
--Ian McEwan

"Levy's writing is a joy...Her prose is rich, filled with a sense of the vividness and generosity of an author's available inspirations: the clamour of the senses, the restless truths of the body, the turns and consolations and perils of thought, the wonders of both beauty and ugliness and the meaning and architecture of words themselves."
--A.L. Kennedy, Granta (UK)

"Teasing...Levy has crafted a puzzling, disturbing story that at times leaves the reader feeling blindfolded in a maze."
--Suzi Feay, Financial Times

"This is a novel about reconciliation and finding one's own place in the world, but the precise shades of its meaning are elusive, glimpsed hazily through deceptively simple prose which manages to be both unflinching and enigmatic all at once."
--The Herald

"[A] beautiful book, acute and deeply felt, every word earned and revealing." Pick of the Week
--Cameron Woodhead, The Age

"The reader is inevitably drawn into Tatiana's gravitational field, much like Lewis Carroll's Alice. A stunning and creative narrator."
--Bravo! (Brazil)

"With Tatiana Salem Levy, everything comes directly from the heart: pain, love, desire, death. A breathtaking novel."
--La Liberté (France)

"A wonderful autobiographical saga."
--Notícias (Spain)

"With intimate prose, combining delicacy and vigor, she is an outstanding voice in new Brazilian literature. If you haven't read her yet, you're missing out!"
--O Globo (Brazil)

"Light-footed and subtle."
--Stefan Tobler, The Independent