[Brazil's] deep-rooted racial and economic injustices are laid bare in one of the most celebrated Brazilian debut novels of recent times. -- <i>Financial Times</i> Best Books of the Year 2023 A leading voice among the Black authors who have jolted Brazil's literary establishment in recent years with imaginative and searing works that have found commercial success and critical acclaim * New York Times * One of the great novels of the year... -- Joo Cu e Silva * Dirio de Notcias * A tour de force of injustice, tragedy, affection and human dignity reminiscent of Victor Hugo's Les Misrables or John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, Vieira Jnior's book garnered top literary prizes in Portugal and Brazil. Its author has drawn comparisons to Jorge Amado, the giant of Brazilian letters who introduced the magic and plight of Afro-Brazilians to the world. * Americas Quarterly * Beautiful, powerful and moving, he presents us with great literature with a simplicity that torments * Pessoa Magazine * Vieira Junior conveys the girls' childhood confusion and wonder in hypnotic prose, and he brings the close-knit gua Negra to life. This heralds the arrival of a welcome voice. * Publishers Weekly * Among the laudable feats Vieira Junior accomplishes in this novel is the way it gradually moves from a highly specific story to one with implications for a region's entire working class. A stirring, lived-in novel of struggles both personal and societal. -- starred review * Kirkus Reviews * Crooked Plow is a powerful novel set among a Black Brazilian farming community living on the edge of existence, whose people are resilient against historical forces and the individuals who oppress them.Each of the novel's three parts has a different narrator, including Bibiana, Belonsia, and an encantada. These respective narrators lead to rich interiority; the characterizations are deep, and the novel is layered in its rendering of events. The sometimes nonchronological narration goes back in time to reveal people's secrets, building suspense as it moves toward its unsettling, fitting conclusion. * Foreword Reviews * This powerful debut novel charts the plight of Brazil's poorest farmers scrabbling for subsistence on the land their enslaved ancestors worked. Initially centered on two sisters whose lives are changed forever by a catastrophic accident, the book explores themes of generational poverty and political strife through the lens of family bonds and the eyes of a once-revered Afro-Brazilian divinity. A bestseller in Brazil and lauded with literary accolades, the engrossing story gives visibility to many who have traditionally been marginalized. -- Becky Meloan * The Washington Post * Vivid ... a saga that tells not just the story of two siblings, but the enduring dysfunction of a nation. -- Oliver Basciano * ArtReview * A compelling chronicle ... Junior provides an immensely readable account of how men and women of no property have to deal with domestic, economic and state violence and of how story and language restore the dignity such people are so often denied -- Michael Cronin * Irish Times * Magic, social realism, and deep character studies grounded in a complex community are the hallmarks of this brilliant novel from a rising voice in Brazil. -- Molly Odintz * CrimeReads * A potential heir to the great Clarice Lispector, Vieira Junior, a Bahian native, sets his first story to appear in English among poor Afro-Brazilian tenant farmers...a contemporary Brazilian masterpiece. * The Center for Fiction * Five years after it was first published, 'the most important Brazilian novel of the century so far' finally makes its English-language debut. Believe the hype. -- Patrick Rapa * The Philadelphia Inquirer * Itamar Vieira Junior offers a salt-of-the-earth paean...a compelling vision of history's downtrodden and neglected. -- Anderson Tepper * The New York Times Book Re
Itamar Vieira Junior was born in Salvador, Bahia, in 1979. He holds a doctorate in Ethnic and African Studies. Before Crooked Plow, he published a collection of short stories entitled The Executioner's Prayer, which was nominated for Brazil's biggest literary award, the Jabuti. Crooked Plow won the prestigious 2018 LeYa Award in Portugal.