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The Five Seasons of Love (As cinco estações do amor)

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Original Language: Brazilian Portuguese | 208 pp. | 2001

2 Seas Represents: Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, and Chinese simplified rights.

Rights Sold: Host Publications (USA), Alfaguara (Mexico), Corregidor (Argentina), Il Sirento (Italy).
 

Depending on the publisher and the quality of the translation, translations from the Brazilian Portuguese can be funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture. Click here for more information.

LITERARY FICTION

North American critic Marjorie Perloff defines this novel as “brilliant and thought-provoking”. To fulfill a pact made during her student days, fifty-five-year old Ana Kauffman plans a party to celebrate the new millennium. As old friends resurface and the countdown to the new century draws near, Ana’s past undergoes a series of unexpected revisions – beginning with the arrival of Berta, the newly minted post-op persona of Ana’s former boyfriend Norberto. Set amidst the chaos of contemporary Brasilia, a place where even the most basic human affairs – love, friendship, sex and work – can take unlikely shapes, Ana’s story is both relentlessly modern and profoundly timeless. The book covers a period of three decades. As expressed by North American poet Michael Palmer, “in a work at once of great concentration and vast scope, João Almino has produced a vividly detailed and historically resonant multiple portrait. Pulsing across the background is the entire ungraspable arc of Brazilian history from the time of the dictatorship to the millennium.”

Translated into English, Spanish and Italian, awarded with Prize Casa de Las Américas (Cuba), in 2003, and much commented and reviewed (see reviews in www.joaoalmino.com), The Five Seasons of Love is an extraordinary novel by a writer at the height of his powers.