Marco Carvalho

Marco Carvalho

MARCO CARVALHO

Marco Carvalho was born in Rio, in 1952, and is a cartoonist and a writer. He began his career as an advertisement designer and worked in several agencies in Rio. His drawings and charges were published in newspapers, as Jornal do Brasil and O Dia, and still today he collaborates with the press.

Currently, he develops projects as an editor and designer, besides being dedicated to writing his next novel. His first novel, Feijoada no Paraíso, about a capoeira master fighter in the beginning of the XXth century, was made into the film Besouro.

A LANE UP TO NOWHERE (UMA LADEIRA PARA LUGAR NENHUM)

A story of love and lovelessness between a white priest and a married black woman, flirting with superstition and candomblé (a religion of African origins), which takes place during the demolition of Morro do Castelo (the Castle Hill), a symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro, in 1921. In A Lane up to Nowhere, the many nuances of this doomed relationship are exposed to the reader with pathos and the necessary lightness – from beginning until the unusual, but poetic and freeing end.

In parallel, the reader follows the urban reforms which were arrogantly imposed on the population of Rio at the beginning of the last century. The settings of Morro do Castelo, with its mysterious underground tunnels, in the central part of the city, underline the misfortune of a couple that had to face strict limits to their love.

Publication/Status: Published by Record (Brazil) in 2014. [160 pages]

CAPOEIRA SAGA (FEIJOADA NO PARAÍSO – A SAGA DE BESOURO, O CAPOEIRA)

An icon of popular culture in the state of Bahia, northeastern Brazil, the hero and capoeira fighter Besouro (Beetle) has a voice in this novel, telling the stories that made him famous. Mixing legend, fantasy and reality, the author shows how a common man was transformed into a mythical character.

This novel was made into a film, Besouro, in 2009, and its trailer was seen by over 500.000 people on Youtube.

Publication/Status: Published by Record (Brazil) in 2009.

THE MOON FOR BEGINNERS (A LUA PARA PRINCIPIANTES)

This book tells tales about the Moon in poetic and funny language. It shows its phases – full and waning, gibbous and quarters – and explains the rotation movement, eclipse and why the Moon has craters.

An unassuming book that enchants the small readers in its simplicity.

Publication/Status: Published by Editora Compor (Brazil) in 2007.

ONCE UPON A TIME AN EGG (ERA UMA VEZ UM OVO)

This is the cute story of a little chick that breaks the eggshell to go make the world until it becomes a hen and lays an egg, and then the cycle of life starts all over again. Playing with the sounds of the words, cartoonist and novelist Marco Antonio Carvalho wrote this story for small children, but it fascinates grownups as well.

With a simple structure, the book is adequate for children in the process of learning how to read and write. Once Upon a Time an Egg has sold well over 30.000 copies.

Publication/Status: Published by Zit Editora (Brazil) in 2006.