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A boiling, shocking story, a baroque impasto...Language is applied with a palette knife, not a thin brush. -- Revista (Harvard Univeristy), Winter 2003

An insular society in a brutal but pristine, fantastical setting, soon to be destroyed by politics and greed... -- Ruminator Review, Winter 2003

This is a boiling, shocking story...I cannot name another novel in which a howl is more ferociously unleashed. -- Katherine Vaz, from the Introduction to My World Is Not of This Kingdom

About the Author

Joao de Melo was in the Azores in 1949. He has written over 20 books, including the novels Gente Feliz com Lagrimas, Autopsia de Um Mar de Ruinas and the short story collections Entre Passaro e Anjo and Bem Aventurancas.

Gregory Rabassa has been called by The New York Times "one of the best translators who ever drew a breath." His translations include One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar, and Jail by Jesus Zarate.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Aliform Publishing (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097076524X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970765246
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,207,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 12, 2004
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I agree with the prior reviewer regarding the high rating for this special book, but I am compelled to point out (as I am from the Azores myself) that Portuguese people are not Hispanic.
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Flawlessly translated from the original Portuguese by Gregory Rabassa, My World Is Not Of This Kingdom is a major literary work by Joao de Melo that revolves around the history of a village in the Azores in which nigh-mythical figures live such as Sara the Saint, Cadete the Healer, Barbaro the Pilgrim, and others. Shock, emotion, the press of ruling authority, and harsh choices that divide make for an emotionally wrenching but very highly recommended narrative which will serve to introduce English readers to a significant Hispanic literary talent.
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