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Nove Noites (original 2002; edition 2003)
Nine Nights by Bernardo Carvalho (2002)
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"In August 1939, a brilliant and privileged American ethnologist mysteriously commits suicide in Brazil, while studying among the tribes of the Amazon basin. He leaves behind him seven letters, suggesting different motives for his suicide: to some, he said he had contracted a terrible disease; to others, he said that he could not recover from his wife's betrayal with his own brother (but he wasn't married, and he didn't have a brother)." "Intrigued by this mystery and the fragmentary evidence that fails to explain it, the narrator sets out to discover the truth. He gradually becomes obsessed by the idea that the dead man must have left behind an eighth letter, a letter that might explain all. Slipping between fact and fiction, reality and illusion, imagination and memory, this novel charts the narrator's increasingly personal quest to discover the true fate of the young anthropologist. As the reader looks on, his search slowly drives him mad, a Marlowe haunted by the fate of his own Kurtz."--BOOK JACKET.
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