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Habitante Irreal

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  116 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Após ter vivido a euforia e as promessas da abertura política no Brasil, Paulo encontra-se desiludido com os rumos que seu partido, um partido de esquerda, começa a tomar. Estagiário em um escritório de advocacia, o jovem se sente oprimido no trabalho e a dificuldade em manter relacionamentos estáveis, além de uma gastrite crônica cujos sintomas só pioram, o fazem levar um ...more
Paperback, 1ª edição, 2011, 262 pages
Published November 2011 by Alfaguara
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Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin, reviewed
Yet another brilliant unusual uncomfortable thrilling intelligent uncompromising novel bursts out of Latin America. If I was going to recommend one novel this year it would probably be this - And Other Stories deserve huge credit, as always, for daring to publish the books that boring mainstream houses won't touch. So good that I intend to read it again soon. Almost 5 stars.
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
longlisted for the 2016 international dublin literary award (along with 158 other books [is such an exhasutive longlist really necessary?!]), paulo scott's nowhere people (habitante irreal) is a powerful multi-generational story about national politics, family, indigenous rights, class, equality, social unrest, and legacy. set in both his native brazil and england, scott's stirring novel offers a stark and realistic portrait of hardship and struggle both personal and political. there's quite a l ...more
Mario Rufino
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: com-críticas
Um excelente livro!

Aqui está o meu texto sobre "habitante irreal"

Chad Post
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really spectacular book. Definitely going to use this in my class, and am looking forward to rereading it now that I have a picture of how it all fits together.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cross-posted from Nightjar's Jar of Books.

Driving home one evening from a Workers’ Party meeting, Brazilian law student Paulo meets a young girl on the side of the road, and decides to give her a lift. Maína is fourteen years old, Guarani Indian, and lives with her family in a roadside encampment; she’s not planning on going home.

If I could rate the two halves of this book separately, then I would. I didn’t exactly dislike the first half of the book, but I found it very difficult to get through…

Nose in a book (Kate)
The book opens with Paulo, a Brazilian law student and activist, driving along a highway in torrential rain and spotting a poor indigenous girl at the side of the road. Stopping to give 14-year-old Maína a lift sets in motion events that reverberate through two decades of relationships, politics and activism.

Paulo is like many idealistic young socialists – rich, oblivious to the reality of poverty and the true effect of his actions, but genuinely well intentioned. Maína is a Guarani Indian and l
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Segundo livro do gaúcho Paulo Scott, Habitante Irreal foi um, sem dúvida, um dos grandes livros publicados em 2011 e uma excelente escolha para 2012.

O romance inicia com a história de Paulo, um estudante de Direito frustrado que, ao voltar de um congresso político no interior do Estado, dá carona a uma índia que vira na margem da BR. Paulo e a índia (Maína) têm um caso e Maína acaba engravidando. Sem saber da gravidez, Paulo viaja para Londres, com o objetivo de se esconder de seus problemas, v
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brazilian
Perhaps it's my distance from the politics, the way this educated me about the social situation in Brazil. But this book broke my heart and rebuilt it in a way that is sadly rare for me with books these days. Flows from person to person showing members of Brazilian society encountering and changing one another, and how the structures they run up against can be the strongest forces of all. Hold on to the queasiness you feel with the Lolita-esque relationship in the first few chapters--your moral ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful yet tragic story. The book wasn't what I expected. It doesn't jump from one character's point of view to another's like I thought. It's told by a narrator who generally gives too much extra information and also doesn't allow the reader to truly connect to the characters in a way that could have better benefited the truly amazing story it is. It also gives a lot of insight into how the indigenous people were perceived and interacted with the modern day Brazilians.
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Thanks to Alexander Book Co for introducing me to this fascinating Brazilian novel.

Driving home from a political rally in the heavy rain, Paulo stops for a hitchhiker on the side of a mountain road. For better or for worse (mainly for worse), he offers Maína, a young indigenous girl, a ride away from her home and into the city.
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uncomfortable reading in many parts but no the less gripping and intriguing. Almost a series of short stories about the lives of one interconnected 'family'. Quite unlike anything I've read before. Recommended.
Maybe something was lost in the translation for me, but I never felt connected or very intrigued, and was often confused by this book.
May 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy it.
Gerald Samuel
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. An interesting story that brings together various elements of society in Brazil.. Looking forward to his next novel
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Nasceu em Porto Alegre, em 1966, e mora no Rio de Janeiro desde 2008. É autor dos romances Voláteis (Objetiva) e Habitante irreal (Alfaguara), livro ganhador do Prêmio Fundação Biblioteca Nacional 2012, concluído com o apoio da Bolsa Petrobras de Criação Literária 2010; do volume de contos Ainda orangotangos (Bertrand Brasil), adaptado para o cinema por Gustavo Spolidoro no longa-metragem de mesmo ...more
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