The Brothers by Milton Hatoum

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Introducing a major new voice in Brazilian letters.

Set among a Lebanese immigrant community in the Brazilian port of Manaus, The Brothers is the story of identical twins, Yaqub and Omar, whose mutual jealousy is offset only by their love for their mother. But it is Omar who is the object of Zana's Jocasta-like passion, while her husband, Halim, feels her slipping away from him, as their beautiful daughter, RGnia, makes a tragic claim on her brothers' affection.

Vivid, exotic, and lushly atmospheric, The Brothers is the story of a family's disintegration, of a changing city and the culture clash between the native-born inhabitants and a new immigrant group, and of the future the next generation will make from the ruins.


About Milton Hatoum

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Milton Hatoum won Brazil's leading literary award, the Jabuti Prize, in 1990 for his first novel. He is a professor of French literature at the University of Amazonas, and lives in Spo Paulo.
Published June 6, 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Brothers by Milton Hatoum 256pp, Bloomsbury, £15.99 "To a traveller looking out of the plane window at night, it seems as if a river of stories is flowing into an invisible city."

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A mystery with multiple levels, its primary device is that of deferral: the entire plot unfolds in flashback, the identity of the narrator is withheld until one-third into the book, and the narrator's very name is not revealed until its final pages.

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