Books by Clifford E. Landers

THE LADY OF SOLITUDE by Paula Parisot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2016

"A distressingly detached collection."
A Brazilian author's debut explores ennui and obsession among young sophisticates. Read full book review >
VOICES OF THE DESERT by Nélida Piñon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2009

"Emphasizing the teller rather than the tales, the author weaves an intricate narrative of aesthetics and sexual politics."
Brazilian novelist Piñon (Caetana's Sweet Song, 1992, etc.) forcefully brings out the erotic element in Scheherazade's difficult and delicate situation as she spins the stories of One Thousand and One Nights to the Caliph of Baghdad. Read full book review >
PEDRA CANGA by Tereza Albues
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2001

"An empty house inexplicably changes colors, ghosts and zombies mingle casually with the living, and a cleansing storm ultimately restores order: a wry magical-realist tale that Albues expertly shapes into a colorfully bawdy and exuberant celebration of life."
Brazilian author Albues's 1987 novel is a lusty and likable compact chronicle of a "wetlands" village (Pedra Canga) whose inhabitants are oppressed by, and eventually liberated from, the malign influence of the wealthy family who has long exploited them. Read full book review >
TWELVE FINGERS by Jô Soares
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2001

"A lot of fun, in between groans, and a real improvement over Soares's rather thin first novel. This one really ought to be filmed."
A larky comic picaresque—a cross between Jaroslav Hasek's The Good Soldier Schweik and Woody Allen's Zelig—from Brazilian TV talk-show host Soares (A Samba for Sherlock, 1997). Read full book review >
IRACEMA by José de Alencar
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"It isn—t seamless, but there's a greatness in it."
Iracema ($25.00; Jan.; 160 pp.; 0-19-511547-3): This addition to Oxford's invaluable Library of Latin America (see also Blest Gana and de Almeida, above and below) is a new translation of a classic Brazilian novel first published in 1865. Read full book review >