After a life as an expat in London, Paris, and Vienna, where she was part of what seemed an interminable party, Maggie returns to her native Brazil, breaking a safe marriage to a B-film producer to follow a younger lover. Her return to a land she left at the age of four years old, after her mother’s suicide, will be the beginning of a downward spiral of an older woman who loses her looks, her money and watches horrified as she perceives she is also losing her mind and her memory.
A profound and moving study of the human soul told with impeccable craftsmanship by award-winning novelist Edney Silvestre.
Publication/Status: By Record (Brazil) in September, 2014. [208 pages]
“How was Edney Silvestre able to write a novel in which two stories are told in parallel, going back and forward in time, without losing track of what is being narrated? The author replies a detailed work of writing and editing. Edney Silvestre was able to bring to the world the music from exile.”
– Mauricio Meireles, O Globo
In parallel plots full of tension, twists and historical facts, the new and poignant novel by Edney Silvestre follows the trajectory of two Young Brazilian expatriates along four decades. While Barbara tries to survive the daily humiliations, loneliness, and fears as an illegal immigrant in New York, she falls in love with a terminally ill former hustler and gets involved in a prostitution network. In Sweden, Paulo, a political exile, goes from a Stockholm misplaced-persons camp to all sorts of odd jobs. When he finally believes he has found peace and support in a relationship with Anna and their newborn son, he finds the same people who tortured him in Brazil are still after him.
PROVISIONAL LIVES marks the return of characters from previous works by the winner of the 2010 Jabuti Award for Best Novel. One is Paulo, the brave boy who tried to unravel a brutal murder in IF I CLOSE MY EYES NOW. The other is Barbara, the daughter of the driver killed in the kidnapping that opens HAPPINESS IS EASY. Both forced to lead “provisional lives”, Paulo and Barbara reflect the changes in Brazilian society and the world during the forty years in which the novel takes place. A profound vision of Brazil projected from outside by two exiles in different moments of the country’s history, whose stories will intersect in present times.
Publication/Status: By Intrínseca (Brazil) in August 2013.
Set against one of the most dramatic moments in Brazil’s recent history, when the government confiscated citizens’ savings, this novel describes a day in the life of Mara and businessman Olavo Bettencourt, from the moment they receive news of the kidnapping of a child that could be their young son. The second novel by award-winning writer Silvestre, this riveting narrative has a cast of complex characters whose personal lives and transformations are directly affected by social and political events.
The kidnappers get the wrong child, a sweet deaf-mute boy who is the son of Mara’s and Olavo’s maid and gardener, and the reader comes to know his fate only at the last page. Brazilian racism, chauvinism, and hatred against women are exposed through characters and plot in depth rarely seen in Brazilian literature.
Publication/Status: By Record (Brazil) in 2011; Doubleday/Transworld (UK); and Belfond (France).
On a sunny morning in April 1961 in a small town in Brazil – while Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man to leave Earth’s atmosphere, unveiling a universe of possibilities for humankind – two 12-year-old boys find the mutilated body of a beautiful woman at the edge of a lake. Refusing to accept the official explanation for the crime – that, motivated by jealousy, the husband of the woman, a fragile dentist, is the culprit –, they start an investigation of their own, helped by an old man who lives in a shelter for the elderly.
A fast-paced psychological thriller, winner of the 2010 Jabuti Prize and 2010 São Paulo Literary Award, this novel reveals a perverse scenario involving sexual violence, racism, corruption and spurious political alliances during an era when Brazil is on the path to industrialization. For the boys, a terrible process of maturing and coming of age.
Publication/Status: By Record (Brazil), in 2009; Arbeiderspers (Holland); Evro-Giunti (Serbia); Planeta (Portugal); Belfond (France); Transworld/Doubleday (UK); Mondadori (Italy) and Blanvalet (Germany). Audiovisual rights sold to TV Globo. A TV series is being produced and will be aired in 2019.