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The Discovery of America by the Turks

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  189 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Raduan Murad and Jamil Bichara are Arab immigrants — "Turks," as the Brazilians call them — who arrive in Bahia upon the same ship in 1903. The novel describes the "Brazilianization" of the two men as they acclimate to life in the cacao region of Southern Bahia — a pioneering, Wild West landscape inhabited by gunslingers, plantation owners, and merchants.
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 96 pages
Published September 6th 2012 by Penguin Classics (first published May 2nd 2012)
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Jul 28, 2015 Algernon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015

How the Arab Jamil Bichara,
Tamer of Forests,
On a Visit to the City of Itabuna,
Seeking Nourishment
for his Body,
Was There Offered
Fortune and Marriage;
Or Yet Again
the Nuptials of Adma

P G Wodehouse meets William Shakespeare ("The Taming of the Shrew") meets the lush, irreverent tropics in this short novel written to mark the 500anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. This is my first read by Amado, and I was pleasantly surprised to see the social issues wrapped up in a l
May 30, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
This little bagatelle by Jorge Amado was to have been part of a series of original stories published for the 500th anniversary of the Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. Well, nothing turned out as planned. The Quincentenary itself turned out to be something of a bust, as Columbus is seen (except by the Italians) as something of a despoiler, and, besides, didn't a Viking named Leif Erickson beat him to it by another 500 years? And to top it all off, the publisher cancelled the series, ...more
Aug 31, 2016 Susana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
El desparpajo de Jorge Amado es legendario; ante una muy seria petición de escribir un libro conmemorativo del descubrimiento de América, bajo un contrato pagado, decide escribir "De cómo los turcos descubrieron América", muy lejano de las travesías de Cristóbal Colón y el choque de dos mundos, de dos culturas y todo lo que ya conocemos.

Un libro entretenido, muy a lo Amado, con enredos amorosos y picardías a granel. Si le quité las 5 estrellas (de mis lecturas anteriores) es por su componente m
Apr 05, 2013 Evan rated it really liked it
Saramago introduces Amado as the voice and spirit of Brazil-- yet another major world author all but unknown in the US. Given that, I was delighted to find this little novella in an airport bookstore at LaGuardia-- what with delays, it just about covered the flight to Dulles. The story takes place within a community of recent Arab immigrants (mislabeled as Turks by Brazilians) creating new economic and social lives around Brasilia around the turn of the 20th century. From a sociological ...more
Un relato divertido en el contexto de la inmigración árabe (generalizada en inmigración turca) a Brasil a principios del Siglo XX. Enmarcado en la búsqueda de fortuna a través del cacao, el comercio y, por supuesto; la inmersión de estos personajes en las costumbres nada aburridas ni despreciables de la época para hombres de "bien".
Un ritmo tremendo y en definitiva entretenido. Entusiasmada por leer más de Jorge Amado

Oct 08, 2013 Karie rated it liked it
''Откриването на Америка от турците'' е последната творба на бразилския писател Жоржи Амаду. Може да се каже, че това е една от тези книжки, които се четат докато чакаш автобуса или се возиш в трамвая; и това ще е донякъде правилно. Това ''романче'', както сам авторът го нарича заради малкия му обем, е било замислено като част от проект за честването на петстотингодишнината от откриването на Новия свят, заедно с още две произведения от американски и мексикански писатели. Идеята не вижда бял ...more
Oct 14, 2016 Hella rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Forse non il suo migliore, ma in questo caso mi assumo metà della colpa. Ho amato moltissimo Dona Flor e i Suoi Due Mariti, e quindi ho altissime aspettative per tutto ciò che ha scritto. Dall'altra, questo libriccino l'ho trovato noioso e non applicandomi posso non averlo capito fino in fondo.
Jan 08, 2013 Tony rated it really liked it
THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA BY THE TURKS. (1994; Eng. Trans. 2012). Jorge Amado. ****.
This novella was intended to be a commissioned work by Amado that would appear in a collection with three other writers and given free to travellers to and from Italy. Amado accepted the commission, but the deal fell through. Fortunately, he kept the rights for translation into several other languages and was able to make some money after all. In his introduction to the story, he makes the comment that most of th
Sep 04, 2016 Paul rated it it was ok
Continuing my tradition of devouring the back catalogue of my favourite authors as much as possible, mostly because they seem to already have died by the time I come to them, I got The Discovery of America by the Turks by Jorge Amado, translated by Gergory Rabassa. A Brazilian take on The Taming of the Shrew, I couldn’t decide in the end how much I liked this. The foreward by probably my favourite author, Jose Saramago, complimented the book and Amado’s ability to wonderfully paint the multiple ...more
Sep 10, 2012 jeremy rated it liked it
Shelves: translation, fiction
originally commissioned as part of a project to celebrate the fifth centennial of america's discovery, the discovery of america by the turks (a descoberta da américa pelos turcos) was to be one of three stories (the others penned by norman mailer and carlos fuentes) included in a book set for wide distribution by various airlines. while the project ultimately never came to fruition, amado later published the novella as a stand-alone work in 1994. translated into english for the first time this y ...more
3.5 stars : One of Brazil's (and arguably the world's) great story tellers, Amado wrote this short novella as a give-away for a celebration. It has the wit, charm and humor of his other works, but it doesn't measure up to his best works, such as Gabriela or Dona Flor. If you're not familiar with his work, best to read either of those first to savor the full bouquet of his incomparable art. Chances are you'll be hooked.
Eyra Matos
Sep 09, 2016 Eyra Matos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabuloso!! Machismo turco brasileño divertidísimo.
Yesenia Pumarada Cruz
excellently written. muy pero que muy bien escrito. tanto que lo leí completo a pesar de las arcadas que me provocaba el uso de la violencia machista, del sexismo misógino, como hilo conductor humoroso. una mujer amargada "se cura" a base de palos y rabo. ja ja ja.

read it through despite the fact that mysogyny and violence against women are the main subject. it matters little if the author shares his base characters' way of thinking. it is not funny.
Elizabeth Eames

What a great book! Despite it's alarmingly small size, it packs in a lot of story : great characters, funny and sad all at the same time. I read it in one day, giggling as I read, loving the characters and wanting more.
Angel Serrano
Los turcos, término que engloba no sólo a los turcos sino a todos los habitantes del antiguo imperio otomano, como libaneses, sirios, etc. han descubierto el Brasil como destino migratorio. Adma se casará con la más fea del pueblo y será feliz gracias al pitisú de su mujer.
Zak Kizer
Sep 24, 2013 Zak Kizer rated it liked it
It favors style and romanticism over dramatic depth, but "The Discovery of America by the Turks" is still a raunchy but light-hearted and entertaining farce, and provides a touch of culture and lyricism as well.
Feb 15, 2016 Attila rated it it was ok
Shelves: brazil
A light-hearted story with the usual cast of Amado characters, though not as entertaining or insightful as his other novels.
Sep 29, 2012 Gabriel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una divertida obra sobre la inmigración árabe al Brasil y de cómo este emprendedor y valiente pueblo se integró a la cultura latinoamericana como pocos. Me encantó.
Аделина 'Змей' Генова
Жоржи Амаду не се свени да говори за нещата с истинските им имена - курвите за курви, вулвите са вулви, а това да не ти става е най-големият мъжки проблем.

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Jorge Amado de Faria was a Brazilian writer of the Modernist school. He was the best-known of modern Brazilian writers, his extensive work having been translated into some 30 languages and popularized in film, notably Dona Flor and her Two Husbands, (in Portuguese, Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos) in 1978. His work dealt largely with the poor urban black and mulatto communities of Bahia.

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