Zero

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2004 - Fiction - 305 pages
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Against a backdrop of political corruption Jose lives an ordinary life, working a dead-end job catching mice in a dingy movie theater. Everything changes when he meets his wife Rosa thanks to the help of the Happy Heart Marriage Agency. They seem to have an understanding: Jose isn't bothered by Rosa's dishonesty, extra weight, and fantastically promiscuous past; Rosa isn't too put off by Jose's clubbed foot, periodic blackouts, or lack of direction--she just wants a house. Pragmatic, Jose sets out to get the money necessary to make that possible. And in doing so, he manages to become a robber, sniper, and political subversive wanted by the government. Deploying fast-paced, short chapters in a number of styles, Brandao deftly presents an array of engaging characters and conflicts, vividly depicting the absurdity of a repressive political regime with exceptional daring and humor.

 

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Brando's 1972 novel offers a bevy of unusual characters, with chapters presented in a number of styles. LJ 's reviewer found that although it is "very much tongue-in-cheek, this novel is entertaining despite the serious message underneath." Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
6
Section 3
11
Section 4
33
Section 5
39
Section 6
67
Section 7
69
Section 8
72
Section 10
131
Section 11
174
Section 12
206
Section 13
223
Section 14
275
Section 15
303
Section 16
309
Section 17
310

Section 9
117

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About the author (2004)

Ignacio de Loyola Brandão is a Brazilian born writer perhaps best known as the science fiction author of the dystopian novel Zero, the story of Brazil in the 1960s under a totalitarian regime. In his career he has won the Prêmio Jabuti.

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