The House in Smyrna

The House in Smyrna

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Publisher's Synopsis

An unforgettable story from one of Brazil's most accomplished and original new voices, this is a profoundly moving portrait of a young woman finding her way back into life. From one of Granta's Best Young Brazilian Novelists comes a startling and powerful story about returning to one's origins in order to move forward. In Rio de Janeiro, a woman suffering from a mysterious illness, which is eroding her body and mind, decides to accept a challenge from her grandfather: to take the key to the house where he grew up—in the Turkish city of Smyrna—and open the door. As she embarks on this pilgrimage, she begins to write of her progress. The writing soon becomes an exploration of her family's legacy of displacement in Europe, told in several narrative strands. Sifting through family stories—her grandfather's migration from Turkey to Brazil, her parents' exile in Portugal under the Brazilian military dictatorship, her mother's death, and her own love affair with a violent man—she traces her family's history in a journey to make sense of the past and to understand her place in it. With an epic sweep of time and place—traversing Brazil, Turkey, and Portugal—this is a profoundly moving portrait of a young woman finding her way back into life. Spare, heartfelt, and evocative, The House in Smyrna is an unforgettable story from one of the most accomplished and original new voices in Brazil.

Book information

ISBN: 9781947534230
Publisher: Scribe Publications Pty Ltd
Imprint: Scribe
Pub date:
Edition: US edition
Language: English
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 204g
Height: 198mm
Width: 140mm
Spine width: 15mm