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The First Woman (A primeira mulher)



Original Language: Brazilian Portuguese | 336 pp. | 2008


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This deft narrative bears all the traces of a police thriller: blackmail, puzzles, crimes, intense sex. The narrator, a university literature professor, is a misanthrope who has withdrawn into books and occasional sex with former students in order to avoid participating in society. This changes when he meets up with his childhood sweetheart. In the name of his former love, now a powerful woman (she is running for city mayor), he becomes intimately familiar with politics. To protect her, he travels through the worst places, faces shady characters connected to power, completely altering his identity. On this journey to the contemporary world, he confronts a past he had always fled and discovers who he really is. “The First Woman blends love, literature, life, death, memory, suspense, prose, poetry, literary criticism, sociopolitical criticism, and ethics”, it was said on the literary paper Rascunho.