Orphans of Eldorado

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A magical retelling of the myth of Eldorado, the Enchanted City of the Amazon, by one of Brazil's most acclaimed writers

The setting for this magical fable is Eldorado, the enchanted city that inhabited the fevered dreams of European navigators and conquistadors, but eluded all attempts to find it on the map. Some have linked it to Manaus in the Amazon Basin, and it is here that Arminto Cordovil lives with his father Amando in a white mansion. Theirs is a relationship full of ...

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Overview

A magical retelling of the myth of Eldorado, the Enchanted City of the Amazon, by one of Brazil's most acclaimed writers

The setting for this magical fable is Eldorado, the enchanted city that inhabited the fevered dreams of European navigators and conquistadors, but eluded all attempts to find it on the map. Some have linked it to Manaus in the Amazon Basin, and it is here that Arminto Cordovil lives with his father Amando in a white mansion. Theirs is a relationship full of passion and limitless ambition. Separating father and son is a remarkable cast of characters, from Angelina, the dead mother, to Denisio, the infernal boatman, and at the center, Dinaura, a girl who bewitches Arminto and dreams of Eldorado. This rich and magical fable beautifully captures the atmosphere of the steamy, lush Amazonian world.

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Inspired by a comingling of the myth of Eldorado and the Amazonian legend of the Enchanted City, a mystical civilization at the bottom of the deepest river, Brazilian writer Hatoum's lushly realized newest (after Ashes of the Amazon) is set in early 20th century Brazil and tells the story of Arminto Cordovil and his search for a lost love. Though Arminto enjoyed a quiet life in his quaint hometown of Vila Bela, a fling with a trusted family servant led his father, a wealthy shipping magnate, to exile him; now in bustling Manaus, Arminto is shocked to find his father has died and left an enormous inheritance to his estranged son. At the funeral, Arminto becomes enamored with the mysterious Dinaura, an orphan living with Carmelite nuns. But just as their romance comes to life, Dinaura disappears, and Arminto must discover whether she has been taken to the Enchanted City, or otherwise run into the wilderness. Despite a keenly rendered sense of place, Hatoum's novella suffers from an identity crisis—the book lacks the character and plot development of traditional fiction, as well as the wonder and grandiosity of myth. (May)
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"With his erudition and marshalling of historical detail, Hatoum compressed an epic into a novella."  —Times Literary Supplement

"Lushly realized."  —Publishers Weekly online 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847673008
  • Publisher: Canongate UK
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Series: Myths Series
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 1,479,047
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Milton Hatoum is the author of Ashes of the AmazonThe Brothers, and Tale of a Certain Orient. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Jabuti Prize for best novel, Brazil's leading literary award.

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