Translated by Stefan Tobler
Published by Penguin Modern Classics
A pair of lovers - a young female journalist and an older man who owns an isolated farm in the Brazilian outback - spend the night together. The next day they proceed to destroy each other. Amid vitriolic insults, cruelty and warring egos, their sexual adventure turns into a savage power game. This intense, erotic cult novel by one of Brazil's most infamous modernist writers explores alienation, the desire to dominate and the wish to be dominated.
Raduan Nassar was born in 1935 to a Lebanese immigrant family in the interior of the state of São Paulo. After a time in São Paulo itself and the publication of two highly acclaimed works, he retired to the rural interior and now divides his time between the city and the countryside. After publishing his select body of work he has become an acclaimed cult figure because his work merits the highest praise and, although he is not secretive like Thomas Pynchon or J. D. Salinger, he is rarely sighted.
Stefan Tobler is the publisher at And Other Stories, a young publishing house whose titles include the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Swimming Home by Deborah Levy and much literature in translation. He is a literary translator from Portuguese and German. Recent translations include the 2015 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize-shortlisted Água Viva by Clarice Lispector, All Dogs are Blue by Rodrigo de Souza Leão and the poetry collection Silence River by Antônio Moura. He is on Twitter @stefantobler.