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The Unfulfilled Romance of Sofia Stern (O romance inacabado de Sofia Stern)

LITERARY FICTION At 90, Sofia Stern lives in Rio de Janeiro and suffers from dementia. To help her memory, her grandson gathers all documents and notes that she wrote along her life recording her youth in Nazi Germany. Together, grandmother and grandson write her biography in the 1930’s. Sofia was Jewish, but not religious or Zionist. She loved […]

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The First Woman (A primeira mulher)

  FICTION This deft narrative bears all the traces of a police thriller: blackmail, puzzles, crimes, intense sex. The narrator, a university literature professor, is a misanthrope who has withdrawn into books and occasional sex with former students in order to avoid participating in society. This changes when he meets up with his childhood sweetheart. […]

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The Wood Word (A máquina de madeira)

“Historical novel, right, but well seasoned by a memoir drive. Even if we talk about posthumous memories of a future that has never materialized.” – João Cezar de Castro Rocha, O Estado de S. Paulo In a mid-19th century Brazil, a society based on slave labor and concerned with setting down an indigenous mythology, a […]

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The Perfect Husband Lives Next Door (O marido perfeito mora ao lado)

A CAMPUS TRILOGY Novel An anxious woman seeks help to save her marriage from a group of student therapists at the Psychology Department at Rio Catholic University. Soon, the reader realizes that her anxiety is shared by other characters in the novel, especially the happily married ones. Then a crime takes place, and the therapists […]

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The Balance of the Pendulum (Movimento pendular)

    Obsessed with stories of adultery, the erudite narrator of this novel begins to compile a catalog of all possible three-way relationships, constants in literature and mythology, from all cultures and time periods. He soon realizes that his plan is impossible but his research leads him to come up with a surprising theory about […]

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Queen Jinga’s Throne (O Trono da Rainha Jinga)

    Rio de Janeiro, 17th century: a wave of inexplicable violence terrifies the city – kidnappings, mutilations, killings. A secret brotherhood of African slaves, propagators of a strange heresy that troubles church authorities, is suspected. At the same time, in Africa, surprising events that seem to evoke the crimes in Brazil are taking place […]

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Solace (Consolação)

  A Brazilian woman married to a Frenchman, Laura witnesses the agony of her husband in a Paris hospital, trying in vain to persuade the doctor to cut short the patient’s suffering. After the funeral, she flies to São Paulo, her hometown that she loves and loves to hate. There, Laura does not go to […]

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Crime Gift (O dom do crime)

  HISTORICAL CRIME NOVEL At the end of the 1860’s, the most important Brazilian novelist, Machado de Assis, is an editor at a daily in Rio de Janeiro. The murder of a woman and the trial of her killer touch, mark and shake deeply Rio society, the heart of the Brazilian empire. A passional crime: […]

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Love and Storm (Amor e tempestade)

  In 1920’s Brazil, an extraordinary social movement took place, the “Prestes Column” march, led by Luís Carlos Prestes, in which thousands of people, mostly military, traveled 9.000 kilometers in the hinterland, challenging the central government and seeking to raise the country against the status quo. After Prestes, led by fate to the faltering ranks […]

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The Book of Revelation According to a Witness (O livro do apocalipse segundo uma testemunha)

  Following the teachings of Saint John’s Book of Revelation, the author tells the tale of the end of the world. A young Brazilian girl, “niece” of the celestial being who came to Earth anonymously to prepare the final destruction, serves as witness. The problems began when the rules established at the beginning of the […]

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