Magazine article New Internationalist

Nowhere People

Magazine article New Internationalist

Nowhere People

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BOOKS Nowhere People by Paulo Scott translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn (and other stories, ISBN 9781908276384)

All the events in Brazilian author Paulo Scott's intriguing, if flawed, novel flow from one spur-of-the-moment decision made by the character Paulo, a radical, disillusioned law student. Driving home from a Workers' Party meeting in Porto Alegre, Paulo impulsively stops to give a liftto a young indigenous Guaraní girl, dropping her offat her family's camp further along the motorway. Later, intrigued by the enigmatic girl - Maína - he returns to the camp and begins an ambiguous, one-sided relationship with her. In the first of the book's many plot lurches, Maína becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son, Donato, just as Paulo leaves Brazil to become an affectless, drifting squatter in London. …

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