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Heliopolis (Scudamore novel)

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Country  England
Media type  Print
ISBN  978-1-84655-188-8
Author  James Scuda
Publisher  Harvill Secker
3.6/5 Goodreads

Publication date  February 2009
Pages  278 pp
Originally published  February 2009
Genre  Novel
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Novels  Love and Summer, The Glass Room, The Children's Book, Brooklyn, Disgrace

Heliopolis is a 2009 novel by the British author James Scudamore. It is set in the city and surrounding areas of contemporary São Paulo, Brazil, and follows the story of a young, favela-born man, Ludo dos Santos. The book was nominated for the 2009 Man Booker Prize and is Scudamore's second novel.

Reception

Critic Henry Shukman of The Guardian notes, "The novel is cleverly pitched to explore the two socioeconomic poles of modern urban Brazil. And the writing is exemplary: you feel the hand of a natural at work, one whose command of tone is strong, and who has an instinctive feel for handling a story." Writing in The Telegraph of London, reviewer Sinclair McKay calls the novel "a dark, gripping, often comic novel concerning appetite, urban poverty and identity."

Heliopolis was listed as one of the final dozen nominees for the 2009 Man Booker Prize. Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall ultimately won.

References

Heliopolis (Scudamore novel) Wikipedia


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