Times Literary Supplement (3)

A story of Manaus, by Jonathan Keates – Times Literary Supplement, May 24, 2002

English, Press  

Almost from its foundations, the Amazonian port of Manausbecame one of those places which has as lively a reality form armchair travellers as for those who have actually managed to make the journey. (…) http://www.miltonhatoum.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/TLS_May24_2002.jpg

Manaus memories, by Chris Moss – Times Literary Supplement, July 23, 2004

English, Press  

 Memory is a well-established theme inm contemporary Latin American fiction, and perhaps the primary obsession of its finests exponents. From Rayuela by Julio Cortázar, to One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, to The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa, the reconstruction of the past is a duty forced on those who have reason to question their individual and collective identities and doubt the vearcity of the histories passed to them by others. But a more Proustian motive underlies Milton Hatoum´s exploration of memory in this story of a childhood spent in the Amazoninan port of Manaus. http://www.miltonhatoum.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Site_pasta_Tale_TLS_July23_2004.jpg translated by John Gledson

A ship to nowhere – Times Literary Supplement, January 23, 2009, by Anita Sethi

English, Press  

The narrator of this compelling novel by the Lebanese Brazilian author Milton hatoum, the orphan Lavo, seeks refuge from the hubbub of Rio de Janeiro in an alleyway bar where he reads a letter from his friend, the rebel Mundo. Scrawled in a tremulous hand, the letter is written from Mundo's deathbed, where he is consumed by a fever so painful that “writing is almost a miracle”. Twenty years later, Mundo's story returns to haunt Lavo “with the intensity of burning embers”. John Gledson's lyrical translation of Hatoum's Portuguese original, which was first published in 2005, retains a sensitivity to that mood of intensity, and to the idiosyncrasies of Brazilian landscape, the bustle of town life with pavements jammed with peddlars, and the tensions simmering during the military dictatorship of the 1960s. As military coups rage, a fierce battle of wills is waged between the father, jano, and his son, Mundo, a theme of familial rivalries reflecting wider tensions in society which was also delineated in Hatoum's earlier prizewinning novels. Jano has small greyish eyes, a haughty stance and a large inherited fortune; on his desk sits a replica of the steamship  that began a line between Manaus and Vila Amazonia […]