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The Eternal Son

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International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)
In this multi-award-winning autobiographical novel, Cristovao Tezza draws readers into the mind of a young father whose son, Felipe, is born with Down syndrome. From the initial shock of diagnosis, and through his growing understanding of the world of hospitals and therapies, Tezza threads the story of his son's life with his own. Felipe, who lives in an eternal present, becomes a remarkable young man; for Tezza, however, the story is a settling of accounts with himself and his own limitations and ultimately a coming to terms with the sublime ironies and arbitrariness of life. He struggles with the phantom of shame, as if his son's condition were an indication of his own worth, and yearns for a normal" world that is always out of reach. Reading this compelling book is like stumbling through a trapdoor into the writer's mind, where nothing is censored and everything is constantly examined and reinterpreted.

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September 2013 : USA Paperback

Title: The Eternal Son (Brazilian Literature in Translation Series)
Author(s): Cristovao Tezza
ISBN: 1-933227-52-4 / 978-1-933227-52-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tagus Press
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August 2013 : Australia Paperback

Title: The Eternal Son: a novel
Author(s): Cristovao Tezza
ISBN: 1-922247-02-2 / 978-1-922247-02-5 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Scribe UK
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March 2010 : Australia Paperback

Title: The Eternal Son
Author(s): Tezza Cristovao
ISBN: 1-921372-98-2 / 978-1-921372-98-8 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Scribe Publications
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March 2010 : Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Eternal Son: a novel
Author(s): Cristovao Tezza
Publisher: Scribe
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