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Barba Ensopada de Sangue

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,724 ratings  ·  255 reviews
Neste quarto romance de Daniel Galera, um professor de educação física busca refúgio em Garopaba, um pequeno balneário de Santa Catarina, após a morte do pai. O protagonista (cujo nome não conhecemos) se afasta da relação conturbada com os outros membros da família e mergulha em um isolamento geográfico e psicológico. Ao mesmo tempo, ele empreende a busca pela verdade no c ...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published November 5th 2012 by Companhia das Letras
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Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
An incredibly rich read in intricate atmospheric details, a narrative requiring the reader to enjoy the journey not just the destination. Beautifully written combining, mystery, existentialism, complexities of relationships, love, self discovery, myth, legend, memories, YES! Somehow it all meshes together creating a memorable reading adventure with an unforgettable protagonist.

Despite the hodgepodge the narrative offers, it possesses a subtle complexity, rather captivating and hypnotic. The prot
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood-Drenched Beard is – let me say it straight out – an extraordinary book. It’s a book about the limitations of memory, the inevitability of fate, the distinction between myth and legend, and the boundaries of forgiveness.

And if all that sounds too heavy, let me add that it’s an extremely accessible tale, expertly translated, with a unique and original character that earns his place as one of the more memorable protagonists in contemporary literature.

The character is unnamed. We know that he
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seaside Samba to Sound of Waves and Crosswinds
Estranhas Rostos

The protagonist's dad tells a tale of his father being murdered under mysterious circumstances in a small fishing village on the Brazilian coast. After dad dies, our narrator, a PE teacher and triathlete with a rare cognitive disorder called prosopagnosia (or, "face blindness") with no real ties to his hometown, departs for the coastal town of his grandfather's demise with dad's 15-year-old dog.

The author's beautiful prose sings the s
Nancy Oakes
4.75 rounded up
Since Penguin sent me a finished copy of this book, if anyone is at all interested in my arc copy, I'll be happy to mail it to you (if you're in the US). Just please leave a comment.

This is the short version; the longer, more thorough one is at my online reading journal.

This novel begins with a suicide foretold and the revelation that the main (unnamed) character's grandfather was killed quite possibly by an entire village who then may have proceeded to cover up the incident. At
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Blood-Drenched Beard is a very demanding read. I found many aspects of it intriguing and very well executed, but could not, ultimately, connect with the story or the lead character on a deeper level. Additionally, I thought the writing was slightly too.. quirky. To the point of being obnoxious and, as consequence, preventing the plot line from moving along and keeping me captivated.

The long descriptions and anecdote-filled plot make it a very slow-moving story, and the fact that the dialogues a
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I read the German translation. Outstanding book.
I chose Daniel Galera's Blood-Drenched Beard for the Brazil stop on my Around the World in 80 Books challenge. Whilst the novel has my favourite title of all the books which I have chosen, I can only give it a rather indifferent three star rating. Whilst it was immersive at first, I became more unsure about Blood-Drenched Beard as it went on. Some sections were fascinating and really drew me in, but I found others to be quite stagnant. The pace did not feel even enough to sustain my interest, an ...more
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know those books that start off really well? This is one of them. It held up through two-thirds before shedding stars when the author went off the metaphorical reservation. And that's all that spoilers permit to be revealed about the last third.

But the rest of the book is strong. It captures perfectly the dynamic we imagine operates in small communities encountering outsiders. And it evokes an easy going Brazil: modern with pockets of the old ways. Both the author and translator have done gr
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I see some of the other reviews, and I would have liked to have had their experience reading this book.
Addie  H.
Per FTC guidelines, I received this book for an honest review; I wasn't paid.

Blood Drenched Beard, from its blurb, had so much going for it. It sounded like a deep, magical realist tale about a man hoping to get away from his family's past, but finding it haunting him, no matter where he goes. Right up my alley. The execution of this, though, left much to be desired.

I thought the location was great. I enjoyed getting to know the small seaside town and its inhabitants. I enjoyed the description
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2014
Blood-Drenched Beard is an eerily intense and for me, almost indecipherable and difficult to review book. In the words of the unnamed protagonist, all I really can say is “Wittgenstein.” (A teaser. If you read the book, you’ll know what I mean.) Yes, our character doesn’t have a name (at least one that we know) and the face he has is his grandfather’s. He has a rare disease where he cannot recognize faces, not even his own, but learns to compensate by memorizing other identifying characteristics ...more
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, literary, brazil

Actually 4.5/5

For anyone looking for a complex and excellent work of literary fiction for after the holidays, may I suggest the beautifully written book by Brazilian author Daniel Galera, Blood Drenched Beard. The title is dark and the book description is equally dark; a son whose fathers shoots himself and his subsequent journey south to Garopaba, a nice and quite fishing village off the Brazilian coast where his grandfather mysteriously disappeared decades earlier. Admittedly one may be wonder
Lisa Robbins
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a very odd book. It was written in a style that was somewhat hard to follow at times. There were no quotation marks so sometimes a new paragraph meant a different person was talking and sometimes it meant an action. There were also times when one paragraph had multiple people speaking as well as actions. The main character wasn’t entirely likable, but not really unlikable either. I did find myself pulling for him in some situations, but overall I was rather indifferent about him. There ...more
This grabbed me from the start. Probably just because of the way it was written.

It's not really a mystery, there is love but it is not a love story, maybe it is about love lost, there's a bit about myths and dreams but it is not fantasy, it certainly about about making choices and that love it a two-way street. It does explore happiness, superstitions, the wastefulness of drugs and the corruption in politics. But it is done with great subtlety.

An unnamed man who goes to live in Garopaba in south
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well. I really didn't read the Brazilian version of this book. The English title is Blood Drenched Beard and is the story of a man who while visiting his dying father gets his imagination stirred by stories of his grandfather who left the area many years before and was rumored to be dead. When his father dies he adopts his dad's dog and goes on a quest to find out what really happened to his grandfather. The book was nicely written and translated as the young man learns both about his grandfath ...more
Mar 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was curious about this “dashing new” Brazilian writer, but this book is a major disappointment in every sense. No ideas explored, no insight offered into anything (including the characters’ minds), no interesting dialogues – all made worse by a simplistic writing and a slow, boring, and pointless plot. The protagonist suffers from prosopagnosia, but the name of his neurological condition is not mentioned even once in the book. I don’t know if I should blame this on Galera’s ignorance or his re ...more
Katie Lucas
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book blew me away. The atmosphere swallows you up like fog, and makes the revelations—about light stuff like memory, legend, connection, existentialism—come into focus with mythic gravitas. Reminds me of a softer version of True Detective’s Rust Cohle is living in a Junot Diaz-imagined town. In the best way. With a minimalistic and unique style that oozes confidence and talent. I can’t even get into BETA! I will be raving/thinking about this one for a long time.
Scott Bagley
Dec 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not finish this book. I liked the premise, but there wasn't enough going on to follow up on the main character's search for stories of his grandfather. Made it about a third of the way through this one before I found that the tangents were just too much and I had to quit. Life's too short to force yourself to finish something you just aren't into, you know? ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-finished
Not for me.

I enjoy slow-building stories, but I read like 150 pages of this and is pretty much the everyday tedious life of a guy on a beach city. I thought it was going to build up to some kind of thriller, as the title and the situation on the first chapter had me hoping for.

If it ended up a thriller I really don't know, just lost interest...Not for me.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked it up simply because of the title; pleasantly surprised by an excellently written mystery that is really so much more than just a mystery. There were a very few occurrences of over-writing but since I can't give 3.5, I'm rounding up to 4. ...more
Raabe Gabriel
This book leads to nowhere.
Mar 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Just could not get interested; tried 60 pages. Made a guess about relationship with brother. Read the ending. I was correct. Glad I did not struggle through 372 pages to learn that!
May 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very slow. Not something I'd recommend to friends. I had to force myself to keep reading it, hoping that it would get better ...more
Helenita Galera
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excelent book !!!!!! worth every page !
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, I was really rooting for this book to push me from four stars to five as I started in on the homestretch.
I admit, I was mesmerized by the whole of it - while the writing style was a bit *much* even for me (which is saying something), what with its giant block paragraphs and lack of quotation indications (is that Brazilian style or Galera's?) and unnamed main character (confusing at times with "him" being referenced only by pronoun, and I don't quite get the point), I nevertheless found myse
Sue's Stokvel
Here is a brief review of our July Read, by Brazilian writer Daniel Galera. Special thanks to our book club member Isabel for being our resident Brazilian literature expert, she really helped us contextualize the book during our book club meeting. It’s a story inspired by the life of Galera’s uncle who moved to a beach town to investigate his grandfather’s life and murder. The style of writing is unusual, and I would have preferred a first-person narration throughout the novel. That aside, the b ...more
Zach Freeman
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brazil
Blood-Drenched Beard... While I do like to figure out why a book has the chosen title as I am reading it, and this one was not a disappointment in that sense, I must say that the name is not too attractive! However, the book is really quite mellow and overall there is not a lot of violence.

The story mostly takes place during the off-season of a touristy beach town along the coast of Brazil. (Apparently, the main character is never named, which I didn't really notice, but read it in a review). H
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so here’s the deal with this book. It was an absolutely beautifully written book that made Brazil seem less a fantastical paradise-heavy town and more so like a common, textured place that anyone can easily identify with. Daniel Galera’s prose is almost similar to Steinbeck; it’s scenery heavy & extremely detailed. The main character has no name, which I loved, and honestly, the novel really doesn’t have a plot. It more so thrives off of themes, and I’m sure that’s why it took me 4 weeks t ...more
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Daniel Galera is a Brazilian writer, translator and editor. He was born in São Paulo, but was raised and spent most of his life in Porto Alegre, until 2005 when he went back to São Paulo. He is considered by critics to be one of the most influential young authors in Brazilian literature. Daniel is one of the founders of the publishing house Livros do Mal and had some of his works adapted into play ...more

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