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Milton Hatoum

Portrait of writer Milton Hatoum
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Milton Hatoum

Milton Hatoum (Manaus, 1952) is a writer, essayist and translator. He was a professor of French Literature at the University of Amazonas and a visiting professor at the University of California (Berkeley). His first novel, A Tale of a Certain Orient (Bloomsbury U.K.), received the Jabuti best novel of the year award, the most prestigious prize for fiction in Brazil, in 1990. It was published in the U.S., U.K., and five other countries. His second novel, The Brothers (Bloomsbury U.K., and Farrar, Straus & Giroux in the U.S.) received the Jabuti prize in 2001 and was published in ten countries. He was a writer in residence at Yale University, UC Berkeley and Stanford University. His third novel, Cinzas do Norte, is to be published by Bloomsbury as The Ashes of the Amazon. It came out in Brazil in 2005 and was awarded the Grande Prémio da Crítica. He is writing a novella on an Amazonian myth for a series to be published by Canongate.

Articles by Milton Hatoum

A Message to Our Friends on the Moon: The Pandemic of 2020
By Milton Hatoum
The wars never ceased, the surveillance and control wrought by our digital world eroded our liberties, unemployment and poverty grew.
Translated from Portuguese by Eric M. B. Becker
Brazilian Arabesques
By Milton Hatoum
At the very beginning of the twentieth century, at the height of the rubber boom, my paternal grandfather left Beirut for the Bolivian territory of Acre, where he worked as a peddler on the rivers from…
Translated from Portuguese by Clifford E. Landers
Intrusive Reader in the Night
By Milton Hatoum
When I write, I never think of the reader. But last week, late at night, I was reading a story by Jorge Luis Borges at a table in a bar when a man of my age came over to me with an air of hostility:“I…
Translated from Portuguese by Idra Novey
from “Ashes of the Amazon”
By Milton Hatoum
I’m from where I was born. I’m from elsewhere. –João Guimarães RosaI read Mundo’s letter in a bar in the Beco das Cancelas, an alley-way where I found refuge from the hubbub of…
Translated from Portuguese by John Gledson