Brazil-Maru (Special Reissue)

Brazil-Maru (Special Reissue)
A novel by Karen Tei Yamashita
Introduction by Susan Straight

Japanese immigrants in Brazil build an isolated communal settlement in the rain forest, prey to the charisma of one man. 

September 2017

6 x 9 | 272 Pages
Trade Paper

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ISBN: 978-1-56689-484-5.



The story of a band of Japanese immigrants who arrive in Brazil in 1925 to carve a utopia out of the jungle. The dream of creating a new world, the cost of idealism, the symbiotic tie between a people and the land they settle, and the changes demanded by a new generation all collide in this multigenerational saga.


“A splendid multi-generational novel . . . rich in history and character.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Warm, compassionate, engaging, and thought-provoking.” —Washington Post

“Yamashita’s heightened sense of passion and absurdity, and respect for inevitability and personality, infuse this engrossing multigenerational immigrant saga with energy, affection, and humor.” —Booklist