Daniel Galera Blood-Drenched Beard

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Blood-Drenched Beard

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From one of Brazil s most acclaimed young novelists, the mesmerizing story of a troubled young man s violent struggle with his family s past
A young man s father, close to death, reveals to his son the true story of his own father s end. The mean oldgaucho was murdered by some fellow villagersat a Sunday dance in Garopaba, a sleepy town on the Atlantic nowfamous for its surfing and fishing. It was a sort of execution, vigilante style. Or so the story goes.
The unnamed young man, who loves swimming in the sea and has no strong ties to home, strikesout for Garopaba without being quite surewhy. He builds a simple life and tries to find out more about his grandfather. But information doesn t come easily. Arareneurological condition means that he doesn trecognize the faces of people he s met, leadingto frequent awkwardness and occasional hostility. Life in Garopaba gets complicated until it becomes downright dangerous.
Atmospheric, both languid and tense, and soaked in the sultry allure of south Brazil, Blood-Drenched Beard announces one of the greatest youngBrazilian writers to the English-speaking world. Daniel Galera s spareand powerful prose unfolds a story of discoverythat feels archetypal and builds with oceanic force."

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Joe Holland, Warwick's Bookstore
"I loved this book. It's my favorite of the year. A can't-get-over-it-couldn't-put-it-down-was-late-to-work-because-of-it book. It throbs with tension. Made me queasy at times, made me laugh/cry, I was at Galera's mercy."
Janice Segress, Queen Anne Book Company
I devoured "Blood-Drenched Beard." Galera has that rare concoction of a true writer: intelligence, unique imagination, depth of self, all mixed with the ability to lay this under, through and over an original storyline and characters. Enchanted.
"Kirkus Reviews: "
Altogether impressive novel by a young writer .Galera writes lyrically of a land of jungle and beach, even when the mood turns Hitchcock-ian .An elegant, literate and literary mystery of appearances and disappearances.
"Publishers Weekly "
Galera s keen sense of characters and unflinching depictions of the sometimes awkward desperation of coastal life ground the story and give it a gritty feel that is consistently satisfying.
"Library Journal: "
The talented Galera, evidently highly regarded in his native Brazil, invests the mystery/quest structure of this novel with abundant colorful and lively details. "

Blood-Drenched Beard ought to earn [Daniel Galera] a following north of the border.... [It] is a mournful, masculine novel. It reads like the tale of a man learning to be man without the shadow of his father to box. Can you escape your inherited nature? And what if in trying to break from family you resemble it all the more strongly? The writing can grow so lush one can feel the muscle-memory habits of life in a humid habitat returning the mosquito swat, the brow swipe. Very few novels in recent memory have dedicated so much elegant prose to describing the texture and color and life of the sea.
John Freeman, Dallas Morning News
Spooky, superbly executed....Be patient with this book. Its subtle accretion of secrets... produces a magnetic aura of imminence and menace. Superstition, rumor and illusion filter into reality in a way reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez... The exciting, action-packed culmination to this impressive novel manages to reveal what happened to Gauderio without answering away the eerie mysteries that surround his story.
Wall Street Journal
Entertaining... a low-key and often very funny existential noir with sand between its toes. At various moments, it put me in mind of the work of Roberto Bolano, Jim Harrison, the Coen brothers and the Denis Johnson of his black comedy Already Dead (1997). It s a campfire story for sensitive, flip-flop-wearing, would-be tough guys.... [Blood-Drenched Beard] is seductive. It s got a tidal pull.
Dwight Garner, The New York Times
Blood-Drenched Beard, Daniel Galera s exploration of family, is part mystery, part travelogue and part sociology steeped in magical realism. No matter which part this gifted Brazilian stresses, his work feels tidal, like the ocean it features so heavily.... Translated from the Portuguese with grace and swing by Alison Entrekin, the novel plays along the Brazilian coastline, blending the geographical and the psychological. It is a journey into self, a narrative of rich characterization, startling detail and psychedelic sweep.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Blood-Drenched Beard has at its center a fascinatingly headstrong character, one who swims perfectly but flounders on land, who strives for connection with his grandfather while cutting himself off from family and one we root for despite not knowing his name. If Galera s other three novels are this potent and absorbing, and if his able-bodied translator Alison Entrekin can be persuaded to return to the helm, then readers are in for a treat.
The Millions
This is Galera s first novel. It is ambitious, thoughtful... Both Dahlmann and Galera s characters search for the gaucho in an endeavor to revive a sense of the pastoral, but this itself leads only to anachronism. Their longing is the mourning of the thing, hidden by the symbol of it. Though their textual tactics may not cohere, that ambition shared by both Lispector and Galera is inherently pastoral, personal, spiritual. This pastoralism is not in the adherence to a genre or fetishization of the wilderness. No, the question of knowing a world beyond its corruption by symbols is not one of style or form but the fundamental question of writing itself.
Music & Literature
[A] heavily detailed, epic tale, sprinkled with magical realism... Galera's language is captivating.... These are Galera's greatest strengths in "Blood-Drenched Beard" the quiet and unexpected moments when he forces the reader to pause and wonder: What would I do?
Chicago Tribune
In an atmosphere both languid and tense, a story unfolds of a young man searching for the truth of his grandfather s death... but beneath the community s sleepy surface lie violent secrets.
DuJour, Winter s Hottest Fiction
Full of more than just mystery. Galera uses his hero s condition to ruminate on relationships and his search into the past to contemplate beliefs about individuality and connectedness .an intriguing novel from a celebrated Brazilian author.
Booklist
Galera s keen sense of characters and unflinching depictions of the sometimes awkward desperation of coastal life ground the story and give it a gritty feel that is consistently satisfying.
Publishers Weekly
[An] altogether impressive novel by a young writer only now becoming known outside Brazil... Galera here blends some of the wistfulness of Latin American magical realism with a brooding dystopianism.... An elegant, literate and literary mystery of appearances and disappearances.
Kirkus Reviews
Daniel Galera reinterprets American crime fiction and B-movie noir for knowing, postmodernist tastes.... The semi-tropical landscapes of southern Brazil are rendered vividly throughout in their sultry golds and greens; the region s samba, reggae and hip-hop rhythms are nicely evoked, too... Galera s is an absorbing... novel that radiates a sense of unease and menace.
New Statesman
[Blood-Drenched Beard] succeeds in creating an unsettling contrast between the beauty of [a] sleepy paradise and its sinister underbelly.... [Galera] has produced an honest, disturbing portrait of a town that is, we discover, a predatory place at heart.
Financial Times

Coolly seductive... A tensely atmospheric novel whoseglassy surface conceals a dangerous undertow.
The Guardian"

About the Author:

Daniel Galerais a Brazilian translator and the author of four acclaimed novels. In 2013, Granta named Galera one of the Best Young Brazilian Novelists.He was born in Sao Paulo, but lives in Porto Alegre, where he has spent most of his life. He has translated the work of Zadie Smith, John Cheever, and David Mitchell into Portuguese.
Alison Entrekinhas translated Brazilian works includingCity of God by Paulo Lins, The Eternal Son by Cristovao Tezza, Budapest by Chico Buarque, andNear to the Wild Heartby Clarice Lispector, shortlisted for the PEN America Translation Prize."

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