Marco Lucchesi

Marco Lucchesi

MARCO LUCCHESI

Marco Lucchesi was born in Rio de Janeiro from a Tuscan family, in December 1963. Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters and Cavaliere of the Italian Republic, he worked for many years as editor of reviews and facsimiles at the National Library. He has published essays, fiction, and poetry.

Besides the awards he received for CRIME GIFT, Marco Lucchesi won the Ars Latin Award, in Romania, for his essay Fictions from a Western Cabinet, in 2009; the Alphonsus Guimarães Award, for Sky Meridian and Bestiary, in 2006; the João Fagundes de Meneses Award for The Odysseus Memory, in 2004, among many others. He translated authors from many different languages, as Rumi, Rilke, Umberto Eco, Primo Levi, Khlebnikov, Süsskind, and the poems of Doctor Zhivago.

IMMATERIAL POSTMAN (O CARTEIRO IMATERIAL)

In the presentation of IMMATERIAL POSTMAN, Marco Lucchesi offers an invitation to the reader, “Reach hither thy ghosts that are mine. You will see what they look like our ruins”. With this empathic tone, he presents 36 texts that make up the work, a set of questions and reflections that walk through history and literature of classical form, poetic and original. In his work Lucchesi deal with personalities as the African writer Hamidou Khane (the diaspora and the African roots of Brazil), the Turkish poet Ataol Behramoglu (the Mediterranean crisis), Claudio Magris (the end of utopia), the theologian Leonardo Boff (Christianity today), the philologist Evanildo Bechara, to whom he dedicated a duel “politically incorrect” writing, and the professor Cleonice Berardinelli, colleague chair at the Brazilian Academy of Letters, in her 100th birthday.

The works of Ferreira Gullar and Euclides da Cunha also get special attention in the book. Flocking tests already published and unpublished, IMMATERIAL POSTMAN is also dedicated to current issues of the world and national history. The author addresses the interdependence of the relationship between the history of Brazil and the National Library, the 450th anniversary of Rio, celebrated in 2015, the visits to the jail to talk about literature and freedom and the dangers of the Islamic State, where he lost a great friend of him, the Jesuit priest Paolo dall’Oglio, who was kidnaped by Isil.

Publication/Status: by José Olympio (an imprint at Grupo Record) in October 2016.

THE EMPEROR’S LIBRARIAN (O BIBLIOTECÁRIO DO IMPERADOR)

“And if we would like to mix as well fictional and real frontiers, this is the Lucchesi that we know from other works, with his visions of the East, his references to classical music, to theology, to the Arab world, to Pirandello and Unamuno. Here he fights against the limits of history.”
– Hugo Langone, O Globo

Rio de Janeiro, the last day of the long reign of D. Pedro II. The Viscount of Ouro Preto, president of the ministers’ council, tries to avoid the implantation of the new regime organizing a wide resistance which quickly is dissolved. Two characters lead the narrative: the baron of Jururuba, the inveterate book thief, and Inácio Cesar Raposo, the Emperor librarian.

Fiction and facts mix in a way the narrator is called to join the plot, reading letters and diaries, visiting cemeteries and archives, meeting bibliophiles and thieves, and producing a mysterious and thrilling denouement.

Publication/Status: by Globo (Brazil) in November 2013.

CRIME GIFT (O DOM DO CRIME)

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 deeply touch, mark and shake Rio society, the heart of the Brazilian empire. A passional crime: a husband believes his wife of many years sees another man, and with no proof, moved by pure jealousy, kills her. The horrendous act could have inspired Machado – as the narrator of Crime Gift believes with a strange obstinacy – to write his beautiful novel Dom Casmurro, a major classic in Brazilian literature. Written with great elegance and style, Crime Gift reveals a fine link between fiction and history, a novel and a literary essay.

Awarded with the Machado de Assis Prize, from the Brazilian Academy of Letters, and the second prize of the Brasília Literature Award, this novel leads the reader around the streets of old fascinating XIX century Rio de Janeiro, where he – the reader – will try to solve a double mystery, about a possible extramarital affair and about literary genealogy.

Publication/Status: by Record (Brazil) in 2010.