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Publisher: Harvill Secker (6 July 2017)
By: Michel Laub (Author), Daniel Hahn (Translator)
In this sinuous meditation on heartbreak, youth, and guilt, a man looks back over twenty years to his relationship with his first love, Valeria, who died of an overdose at the age of 18. She was at Nirvana's only gig in Brazil, in 1993, and he was on military service and failed to join her. Consumed by insecurities and regret, he continues to feel that one fateful night has defined his adult life. Musing on such subjects as Cobain's suicide and the Rwandan genocide, A Poison Apple circles back and back to the idea of being alive. What is a life worth? What does it mean to commit yourself? Can we ever break free of the past? With a mesmeric novel on themes of memory and misinterpretation, it shows one of Brazil's best writers at the height of his powers.