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This powerful, award-winning Brazilian novel is reminiscent of Naipaul, Faulkner and Conrad in its exploration of human behaviour on the edges of civilization.

In August 1939, a twenty-seven-year old American ethnologist, brilliant and from a solid background, mysteriously commits suicide in Brazil while studying among the tribes of the Amazonian basin. He leaves behind him seven letters, alleging different motives for his suicide: to some, he said he had contracted a terrible disease; to others, he said that he could not recover from his wife's betrayal with his own brother (but he wasn't married, and he didn't have a brother).
In the present, the narrator becomes obsessed with the search for an eighth letter he is convinced must have existed.

As the reader observes, his search slowly drives him mad — a Marlowe haunted by the fate of his own Kurtz. This is truly a remarkable novel.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2007 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Nine Nights
Author(s): Bernardo Carvalho
ISBN: 0-434-01295-5 / 978-0-434-01295-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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Paperback Editions

November 2007 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Nine Nights
Author(s): Bernardo Carvalho
ISBN: 0-09-947033-0 / 978-0-09-947033-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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