Opera dos mortos / The Voices of the Dead
Novel , 1964
In the manor house of a small Brazilian town live two women: Rosalina and her mute servant Quiquina. By day Rosalina makes fabric flowers and observes the life of the town from her window; by night she drinks, secretly. Her isolation –the legacy of a feud between her father and the towsnpeople– is absolute until the arrival of Jose Feliciano, a bastard mulatto who is given the job of handyman at the manor. His presence adds a volatile element to the intense and claustrophobic atmosphere –and when he becomes Rosalina's lover, her precarious stability is destroyed.