By Michel Laub
From one of Granta’s most sensible younger Brazilian Novelists, a literary masterpiece that may holiday your heart
At the narrator’s elite Jewish university in a fancy suburb of Porte Alegre, a merciless prank leaves the one Catholic scholar there extraordinarily injured. Years later, he relives the episode as he examines the errors of his prior and struggles for forgiveness. His father, who has Alzheimer’s, obsessively files each reminiscence that involves brain, and his grandfather, who survived Auschwitz, fills workstation after workstation with the fake stories of somebody wanting to forget.
This strong novel based on guilt and the complex legacy of background asks provocative questions about what it potential to be Jewish within the twenty-first century.