A Night Off For Prudente De Moraes

by Louis de Bernières

A wine red Hay Festival Press book containing a short story set in Brazil by Louis de Bernières, with illustrations by Jeff Fisher.
Prudente de Moraes paused briefly to glance down with satisfaction at the freshly gleaming leather of his shoes. He had just had them buffed up by a barefoot and bedraggled fellow with a Bahian accent, paying him more than was strictly necessary, and therefore a feeling of virtue and beneficence was spreading in his stomach as though he had swallowed a fine glass of aguardente with one stylish tip of the chin. It was good to be wearing casual dress, walking as slowly as he liked in the early evening, listening to the crash of the waves and watching the plumes of spray.

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