Domingos Pellegrini

Domingos Pellegrini


Along with his literary career, Domingos Pellegrini has published over 60 books, including short stories, poetry, novels, theater and children’s and Young Adult narratives. As a writer for the young, he is a Brazilian classic, professionally living from literature for three decades. His YA novels, like A ÁRVORE QUE DAVA DINHEIRO (THE MONEY TREE) and A BATALHA DO CASTELO (THE BATTLES OF THE CASTLE), are among the most successful and respected titles of Brazilian fiction for this publishing segment.

Domingos is also among the writers most awarded with the Jabuti, Brazil’s most prestigious literary prize, with six statuettes. He was born and still lives in Londrina, Paraná, an agricultural state. In the 1970’s, he was a reporter covering agriculture. In the 1980’s, he was a reporter for Playboy magazine, during the years he lived in São Paulo. It was then that he witnessed part of the facts described in the novel EMERALD WOMEN, about a women’s gold mine in Amazonia. The major critic Wilson Martins placed him as “one of the greatest Brazilian writers ever, with a particular language and a particular worldview as well”.


According to Domingos Pellegrini, EMERALD WOMEN is a “romantic literary thriller”. As a reporter for Playboy, Pellegrini covered the “Gold Fever” in the Amazon Forest during the 1980’s and wrote stories on several of the mines. There, he heard a history about an unusual “women’s gold mine”. In his novel, the mine is run by a prostitute, a truck-driver and a cook, all led by a former American nurse, Marianne, taken to the region by her father, who worked for Daniel Ludwig, the creator of Jari Project, in deep Amazonia. The journalist falls madly for the leader of the group, unaware that the women are being held hostages by a sheriff, who does not know they dug not only gold but, following a map left to Marianne by her father, also a huge emerald vein.

The journalist plans a photographic essay of the women in the mine field for his magazine; they plan to use him to escape with the Emerald load, passing through Northern Brazilian states down to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. A novel of intense action and cinematographic language, EMERALD WOMEN reveals the gold mining culture, local customs, and universal human contradictions. The suspense plot is intermingled with ethical reflections and poetic passages, merging the Playboy reporter’s masculine world with the female universe of the gold mining leader, to then reveal that what is dug by them is, first and foremost, love and humanity.

Publication/Status: by Autêntica in July 2018. Film rights sold to RT Features.