Author(s): Jorge Amado
For the first time in English: legendary Brazilian author Jorge Amado's spirited novella about Arab immigrants to South America--published for the centennial of Amado's birth
Two Arab immigrants--"Turks" as Brazilians call them--arrive in the rough Brazilian frontier on the same ship in 1903, hoping to find a future. They rub shoulders with gunslingers and plantation owners, and also tangle with merchants, one of whom is desperate to marry off his impossible daughter. Thus ensues a farcical drama that produces, in a humorous twist, the unlikeliest of suitors in this whimsical Brazilian take on "The Taming of the Shrew."
"Cause for rejoicing . . . Irresistible . . . Thoroughly satisfying. There's more packed into the slender ""The Discovery of America by the Turks"" than many a novel five times its length, delivered with zest and spice and an unashamed love of physical pleasure. Perhaps more than any other author, Jorge Amado can capture in words the simple, radiant joys of living." --"Shelf Awareness"
"Delightful . . . A wonder of the art of narration [by] the voice, the feeling, and the joy of Brazil." --Jose Saramago, from the Foreword
Jorge Leal Amado de Faria (1912 - 2001) was a Brazilian writer of the Modernist school. He was the best-known of modern Brazilian writers, his work having been translated into some 49 languages and popularized in film, notably Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos) in 1978. His work reflects the image of a mestizo Brazil and is marked by religious syncretism. A cheerful and optimistic country and at the same time, with deep social and economic differences. He occupied the 23rd chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters from 1961 until his death in 2001.