Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

James Scudamore

Heliopolis

James Scudamore

Heliopolis

2010, pp. 304, Paperback
ISBN: 9781933372730
Region: Britain
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
$ 15.00

The book

Born in a São Paulo shantytown, Ludo undergoes a remarkable transformation from one side of the city’s impermeable social divide to the other. Rescued and raised by a plutocrat, Zeno Generoso, Ludo finds himself entrenched in the gated, guarded community of the super-rich.

Now twenty-seven, Ludo works for a vacuous “communications company” that markets unwanted, unaffordable products aimed at the very underclass into which he was born and from which he escaped. To make matters more complicated, he has developed an obsessive, adulterous love for his adoptive sister, whose husband is his only friend.

Ludo’s involvement in an ill-conceived supermarket launch aimed at the favela’s desperately poor population risks embroiling him in a world of violence and brutality. By turns darkly humorous and poignant, James Scudamore’s Booker Prize-nominated novel is a highly original, surprising take on the rags-to-riches story.

The author

James Scudamore
James Scudamore is the author of The Amnesia Clinic, which won the 2007 Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Heliopolis, which was nominated for the 2009 Booker prize, is his second novel. Raised in Brazil, Japan and the U.K, he now lives in London.

Reviews

From the same country

  • Jane Gardam

    The Flight of the Maidens

    2017, pp. 280, $ 17.00
    Jane Gardam, author of the Old Filth Trilogy, delivers another modern classic in The Flight of the Maidens. With her characteristic wit, Gardam...
  • Rebecca Wait

    The Followers

    2017, pp. 304, $ 17.00
    The Followers is a compassionate and suspenseful story of the dissolution of a family.
  • Sarah Moss

    Signs for Lost Children

    2017, pp. 368, $ 19.00
    Award-winning author Sarah Moss's most recent work of historical fiction is a portrait of a young couple's unconventional marriage as it's tested...
  • Andrew Miller

    The Crossing

    2017, pp. 320, $ 18.00
    Andrew Miller's The Crossing is a fascinating modern tale of a brave and uncompromising woman's attempt to seize control of her life and fate.
  • Richard Francis

    Crane Pond

    2016, pp. 326, $ 18.00
    Richard Francis's stunning novel Crane Pond is the story of Samuel Sewall, loving father and husband, anti-slavery advocate, defender of Native...
  • Emily Woof

    The Lightning Tree

    2016, pp. 336, $ 17.00
    United Kingdom circa the 1980s——Ursula and Jerry find themselves surrounded by hip hairdos and dominating parents. When both escape to separate...