This novel is not only beautifully written and strangely profound, but a joy to read. The drama of a prestigious family in a provincial Brazilian jungle, complete with gossip, backstabbing, cross-dressing and suicide attempts all take place beneath a single roof. There’s a fully-formed universe in this run-down mansion rotting away in the woods. Chronicle of the Murdered House is a novel about family, trust, madness, betrayal, human nature, all heavy themes really, yet handled with equanimity. Lúcio Cardoso wrote this one in 1959, its translation feels long overdue.
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