The Discovery of America by the Turks

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The Discovery of America by the Turks The Discovery of America by the Turks

by Jorge Amado

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Published: 2012

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Along with "The Double Death of Quincas Water-Bray," two masterworks by the greatest Brazilian novelist of the twentieth century, published for the centennial of his birth
Published here for the first time in English in a brilliant translation by the peerless Gregory Rabassa, "The Discovery of America by the Turks" is a whimsical Brazilian take on "The Taming of the Shrew" that will remind readers why Jorge Amado is to Portuguese-American literature what Jorge Luis Borges is to Spanish-American literature. It follows the adventures of two Arab immigrants--'Turks, ' as Brazilians call them--who arrive in the rough Brazilian frontier in 1903 and become involved in a merchant's farcical attempt to marry off his shrew of a daughter.

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