Phenotypes (Paperback)

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By Paulo Scott, Daniel Hahn (Translator)
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Longlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize

Winner of the 2023 Jabuti Prize in the Brazilian Book
Published Abroad category

A smart and stylish account of the bigotry lurking
in our hearts and institutions alike

Federico and Louren o are brothers. Their father is black, a famed
forensic pathologist for the police; their mother is white. Federico--distant,
angry, analytical--has light skin, which means he's always been able to avoid
the worst of the racism Brazilian culture has to offer. He can "pass" as white,
and yet, because of this, he has devoted his life to racial justice. Louren o,
on the other hand, is dark-skinned, easygoing, and well-liked in the brothers'
hometown of Porto Alegre--and has become a father himself.

As Federico's fiftieth birthday looms, he joins a ludicrous yet
chilling governmental committee in the capital. It is tasked with quelling the
increasingly violent student protests rocking Brazil by overseeing the design
of new piece of software that will remove the question of race from the hands
of fallible, human, prejudiced college administrators by adjudicating who does
and doesn't warrant admittance as a non-white applicant under new
affirmative-action quotas. Before he can come to grips with his feelings about
this initiative, not to mention a budding romance with one of his committee
colleagues, Federico is called home: his niece has just been arrested at a
protest carrying a concealed gun. And not just any gun. A stolen police service
revolver that he and Louren o hid for a
friend decades before. A gun used in a killing.

Paulo Scott here probes the old wounds of race in Brazil, and in
particular the loss of a black identity independent from the history of slavery.
Exploratory rather than didactic, a story of crime, street-life and regret as
much as a satirical novel of ideas, Phenotypes is a seething masterpiece
of rage and reconciliation.

About the Author

Paulo Scott was born in 1966 in Porto Alegre, in southern Brazil. At university, he was an active member of the student political movement and was also involved in Brazil's re-democratisation process. For ten years he taught law at university in Porto Alegre; he has now published five books of fiction and four of poetry, and is also a translator from English. He moved to Rio de Janeiro in 2008 to focus on writing full-time. Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor and translator with some sixty-something books to his name. His work has won him the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award and the International Dublin Literary Award, and he has been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, among others.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781913505189
ISBN-10: 1913505189
Publisher: And Other Stories
Publication Date: January 4th, 2022
Pages: 240
Language: English