This is a work of fiction, though it is based on facts, real experiences, and real people. It is a combination of memoir and imagination. In August 1939, a brilliant and privileged young American ethnologist commits suicide in Brazil, leaving behind seven letters suggesting different motives. To some he said he had contracted a terrible disease; to others he claimed he could not recover from his wife's affair with his brother (thought he was neither married nor had a brother). Intrigued by the mystery, our narrator gathers
gathers the fragmentary evidence and sets out to discover the truth, becoming obsessed, before long, with the idea that there was an eight letter.
Bernardo Carvalho, 2008
Paperback, Like New
19.8 x 13 x 1.5 cm