Julian Fuks, Daniel Hahn
Known and celebrated in Brazil and abroad for his novel Resistance, Julian Fuks returns to his auto-fictional alter ego Sebastian in a narrative alternating between the writer’s conversations with refugees occupying a building in downtown Sao Paulo, his father’s sickness, and his wife’s pregnancy. With impeccable prose, the author builds associations that go beyond the obvious, not only between glimpsing a life’s beginning and end, but also between the building’s occupation and his wife’s pregnancy — showcasing the various forms of occupation while exposing the frailty of life, the risk of solitude and the brutality of not belonging.
Praise for Julian Fuks Part of The New York Times' The Decameron Project: New Fiction. International Dublin Literature Prize (Longlist) English PEN (Award) Jabuti Award for Book of the Year (Winner) Oceanos Prize for Literature in Portuguese (Winner) Jose Saramago Literary Prize (Winner) Anna Seghers Prize (Winner) Jabuti Award for Best Foreign Edition (Winner) Fuks's skill lies in his quiet exploration of how exclusion -- willed or imposed -- shapes experience within families. --New York Times This small book carries a big punch...Fuks is a young writer to watch. --The Guardian Fuks' prose is rythmic and patterned. --The Times Literary Supplement Eloquent, unsettling and deeply philosophical. --The Financial Times Fuk's work, while challenging in form, comes together in a powerful way. This is a thoughtful novel about identity and exile. --Publishers Weekly This elegant, essayistic novel, the first translated into English by this Brazilian writer, is a family drama with the dramatic parts deliberately quieted.... Fuks impressively inhabits the near despair that comes with the fragmentation of family and country. --Kirkus Resistance is an urgent and profound novel, a meditation on family, home and dislocation. Fuks focuses on a single family living in Brazil, years after fleeing Argentina. One of the best novels I've read concerning the generation after Brazil's military regime. Fuks' writing is sharp and humane, intimate and lyrical. A stunning work. --Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore A brilliant achievement. --Le Monde
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