Ways to Disappear

Ways to Disappear

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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A debut novel about the disappearance of a famous Brazilian novelist and the young translator who turns her life upside down to follow her author's trail. Deep in gambling debt, the celebrated Brazilian writer Beatriz Yagoda is last seen holding a suitcase and a cigar and climbing into an almond tree. She abruptly vanishes.In snowy Pittsburgh, her American translator Emma hears the news and, against the wishes of her boyfriend and Beatriz's two grown children, flies immediately to Brazil. There, in the sticky, sugary heat of Rio, Emma and her author's children conspire to solve the mystery of Yagoda's curious disappearance and staunch the colorful demands of her various outstanding affairs: the rapacious loan shark with a zeal for severing body parts, and the washed-up and disillusioned editor who launched Yagoda's career years earlier.Idra Novey's exhilarating debut is an international romp: a madcap blend of mystery, romance, noir, and humor.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016
ISBN: 9780316298483
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Nov 26, 2017

I enjoyed the format of the book more so than the plot. I was drawn to the book because of it being set in Brazil.

Nicr Nov 17, 2016

Smart, witty, entertaining story told in short chapters, news clips, word definitions, poems, etc., about an author who disappears and her translator's efforts to find her.

Mark_Daly Oct 04, 2016

A fun, playful, short book, organized in brief chapters and shifting perspectives that will keep the reader turning pages to experience each new twist. The author has translated the experimental Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, and her fans may be delighted to discover distant echoes of Clarice in this work. But Novey is her own person and supplies many original and delicious turns of phrase about translation, Brazil, and her quirky characters.

Sep 01, 2016

I enjoyed this book. It is beautifully written. Fun, since the main character is a translater, who talks a lot about the beauty of the author's work she's translating.

Apr 14, 2016

A Brazilian novelist climbs into a tree and disappears. Her American translator decides to skip her boring life in wintery Pittsburgh to go to Brazil and help search for the author, only to be ambushed by a threatening loan shark and her own sense of futility.

This is a really pleasant, quick read. The writing is beautiful; the main character and the supporting characters are all interesting and integral to the story. Her subtle observations about the nature and actions of individual characters leads to a lot of the humor of the story. And then, of course, great details about translation

In some ways, this reads like a calmed down version of Carl Hiaasen.


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