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Driving home, law student Paulo passes a figure at the side of the road. The indigenous girl stands in the heavy rain, as if waiting for something. Paulo gives her a lift to her family's roadside camp. With sudden shifts in the characters' lives, this novel takes in the whole story: telling of love, loss and family, it spans the worlds of Sao Paulo's rich kids and dispossessed Guarani Indians along Brazil's highways. One man escapes into an immigrant squatter's life in London, while another's performance activism leads to unexpected fame on Youtube. Written from the gut, it is a raw and passionate classic in the making, about our need for a home.

Fiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: And Other Stories Publication Date: 31/08/2014 ISBN-13: 9781908276384  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Paulo Scott was born in Porto Alegre in 1966. He grew up in a working class neighbourhood and started to write poetry in 1979. As a young adult he got involved in movements in the defence of human rights. At university, Scott was an active member of the student political movement and he also took part in Brazil's re-democratisation process. After graduating in Law and Public Business Law, Paulo Scott taught at the departments of Law and Business Law at the Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul for the next ten years. His first literary work, "Ainda orangotangos" (2003; tr: Still Orang-utans), attracted the attention of the critics and Brazil's major publishing houses alike. The book was adapted for film by director Gustavo Spolidoro and won the 13th Milano Film Festival. In 2005 Scott published "Volateis" (tr: The Volatile), a novel about a decadent illustrator and an enigmatic woman who suffers from the rare illness porphyria, an incapability to bear direct sunlight. "Volateis" will shortly be adapted for the movies. Besides, so far Scott has published four highly praised volumes of poetry in Brazil: "Historias curtas para domesticar as paixoes dos anjos e atenuar os sofrimentos dos monstros" (2001, tr: Short stories to curb the passion of the angels and alleviate the suffering of the monsters), "Senhor escuridao" (2006, tr: Mister Darkness), "A timidez do monstro" (2006, tr: The shyness of the monster) and "O monstro e o minotauro" (2011, tr: The monster and the minotaur) in collaboration with the cartoonist Laerte. Paulo Scott also wrote the play "Crucial dois um" (tr: Decisive two one), for which he received the drama award FUNARTE/Myriam Muniz de Teatro 2006. In 2008, Scott gave up teaching at university for good and moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he has been dedicating himself entirely to his writing. In this emblematic city, Scott wrote the novel "Habitante irreal" (tr: Unreal inhabitant; forthcoming in the UK as And Other Stories). He received the Petrobras 2009/2010 literary scholarship to complete this novel, which was awarded the Fundacao Biblioteca Nacional 2012 Prize and nominated for the prestigious Premio Portugal Telecom de Literatura 2012. It was also a finalist for the Premio Jabuti 2012, the Premio Sao Paulo de Literatura and the Premio Bravo! 2012 in the category Best Book. Scott's latest novel "Ithaca Road" is set in Sydney, and its main character is a Maori with European heritage who works as a design producer for art exhibitions in England and Australia. He has been doing a few translations, revising manuscripts and screenplays, organising literary workshops and writing for a number of magazines and newspapers.

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