James Scudamore’s comic, violent and poignant rags-to-riches tale is the story of a man whose appetites risk taking him to the brink of madness.

Leo has returned to the vast city of São Paulo, where he was born in a shantytown. He is now on the opposite side of its social divide. Aged 27, he works for a vacuous ‘communications company’, marketing unwanted, unaffordable products aimed at the very underclass into which he was born. He has developed an obsessive, adulterous love for his adoptive sister, whose husband is his only friend. And he has a hunger that can never be satisfied. Welcome to Leo’s world.

Longlisted
The Man Booker Prize 2009
Published by
Harvill Secker
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