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Out of Earth

Sheyla Smanioto author Sophie Lewis translator Laura Garmeson translator


Publisher:UEA Publishing Project

Published:31st Jul '23

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"God's the one with the ideas, people just live through them..."

First translation into English of Desesterro, the multiple prize-winning novel by Sheyla Smanioto first published in Brazil, 2015This remarkable Brazilian novel has been garlanded with multiple awards and accolades since its initial publication, as Desesterro: the prestigious Sesc Prize for Literature, the Machado de Assis award and the Jabuti award. The story follows four generations of female characters as they navigate the hardships of life in the parched landscape of the Brazilian sertao. Male figures are peripheral, but are also revealed as the origin of much of the suffering in the novel, generating for the women a kind of exile not only in relation to the land but to their sense of self. This is a ground-breaking feminist work, a bracing modernist fable, of sorts, formally reminiscent of A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing.

  • Winner of Premio Sesc de Literatura 2015
  • Runner-up for The Premio Jabuti (the "Tortoise Prize") 2016
  • Short-listed for The Premio Machado de Assis (the Machado de Assis Prize) 2016

ISBN: 9781913861131

Dimensions: 198mm x 130mm x 9mm

Weight: 375g

338 pages