P’s Three Women

Paulo Emílio Sales Gomes
Translated by Margaret A. Neves

In a picaresque journey from youth to old age, P., a wealthy businessman who abhors his real name, tells the stories of his three greatest passions, his three greatest affairs, his three most erotic encounters: a married woman, a demanding mistress, and a childlike bride. But each of these three women hides a secret, and soon P. finds that he’s caught between his fantasies and a truth that might be just as inconvenient as the name he’s forbidden his lovers to speak. With no proper antecedent save perhaps the works of Vladimir Nabokov, Machado de Assis, and the early Philip Roth, this short novel—the only one published by the author during his lifetime—is a miracle of style, subtlety, wit, and grace, all employed by the mischievous P. to mask his collusion in his own amorous catastrophes.

A hidden classic of Brazilian literature, P.’s Three Women is a bonbon laced with slow-acting poison—but delicious nonetheless.

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Translated by Margaret A. Neves
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 160
ISBN-13: 9781564787385
GTIN13: 9781564787385
Language: eng
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