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Milton Hatoum

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Milton Hatoum is one of Brazil's most acclaimed contemporary novelists. He was born in Manaus, Amazonas, and studied architecture in São Paulo and comparative literature in Paris. He is professor of literature at the Federal University of Amazonas and a visiting professor of Latin American literature at the University of California. He lives in Saõ Paulo.

Avoiding the exoticism associated with the Amazon, Hatoum follows Flaubert's injunction to ‘write the moral history of his generation'. His novels have won prestigious prizes in and outside Brazil, and have been translated into more than ten languages. Four of his novels have been published in English by Bloomsbury: The Tree of Seventh Heaven (1994), Tale of a Certain Orient (2004), The Brothers (2002) and Ashes of the Amazon (2008). The novella Orphans of Eldorado (2010) is his contribution to Canongate's ‘Myth' series.

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