Nominated by:

Biblioteca Municipal de Oeiras, Portugal

Publisher of nominated edition:

And Other Stories, UK

Nowhere People

Paulo Scott      

Translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn

2016 Longlist

Driving home, law student Paulo passes a figure at the side of the road. The indigenous girl stands in the heavy rain, as if waiting for something. Paulo gives her a lift to her family’s roadside camp.

With sudden shifts in the characters’ lives, this novel takes in the whole story: telling of love, loss and family, it spans the worlds of São Paulo’s rich kids and dispossessed Guarani Indians along Brazil’s highways. One man escapes into an immigrant squatter’s life in London, while another’s performance activism leads to unexpected fame on Youtube.

Written from the gut, it is a raw and passionate classic in the making, about our need for a home.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Paulo Scott was born in 1966 in Porto Alegre, in southern Brazil, and grew up in a working class neighbourhood. At university, Scott was an active member of the student political movement and was also involved in Brazil’s re-democratisation process. For ten years he taught law at university in Porto Alegre. He has now published four books of fiction and four of poetry. He also translates from English. He moved to Rio de Janeiro in 2008 to focus on writing full-time.

Librarian’s Comments

A short, jolting novel, pleasantly disconnected, and both funny and sad, it mirrors contemporary life.

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