Hubert Tézenas

Hubert Tézenas


Hubert Tézenas was born in Paris, in 1962. After chaotic studies (three years in École Normale Sup and three months in Sciences Po, in Paris), in 1985 he left everything and moved alone to Brazil, where he fell in love for the country. He tried two or three jobs in several regions and became a translator of romance novels to finance his trips. Gradually, he specialized in noir literature. Back to France after ten years, he became the translator of Robert Crais,

MO Hayder, Ed McBain, Elizabeth George, Tess Gerritsen, Erik Larson. Nowadays, he works in the translation of James Sallis’ Driven. Also out of love for Brazil, he recently translated into French two important Brazilian contemporary authors, Edney Silvestre and Alberto Mussa. The Gold of Quipapá is his first novel and was inspired by the years he lived in the Brazilian Northeast.


“A first novel of high quality, a sober and effective narrative which makes The Gold of Quipapá one of the good 2013 surprises.”
– Passion Polar

Recife, Brazil, 1987. A realtor, Alberico Cruz, witnesses the murder of a rural leader. Wrongly accused of the crime, he is arrested but escapes during a rebellion. To prove his innocence and save his life, he allies himself to a journalist with whom he goes to a very small town in the sugar cane region, hoping to identify the real murderer of the union leader: the journalist suspects of Kelbian Carvalho, the son of a distillery owner, who reigns like a tyrant in the region. Kelbian secretly rules a gold mine in the backwoods which uses slaves. By chance, Cruz recognizes Kelbian’s half brother and partner and follows him, discovering the mine.

Back to Recife, the scandal comes to light, and Carvalho family decides to get rid of Kelbian – by this time, he became a mess – and buy Cruz’s silence. After hesitating, he accepts to be corrupted.

A wonderful noir novel that has been gathering enormous praise from the French press.

Publication/Status: Published by Autêntica (Brazil) in 2014 and Métailié (France) in March, 2015. [176 pages]