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Cover illustration by Filipe Jardim, a Brazillian artist who specialises in fashion and travel illustration, spending half of his year in his native city of Rio de Janeiro and the rest circulating the globe. Filipe first made his mark when invited to produce Louis Vuitton’s Rio de Janeiro “Carnet de Voyage”. This beautifully produced book was the perfect showcase for his work and resulted in further commissions for Hermes and Issa. Recently he was asked to provide illustrations to launch the Wall Street Tiffany store in New York, whilst continuing editorial work for The New Yorker and S/N magazine.
For this World Series edition we turn our pages to Brazil, and to Rio De Janeiro: Rio is not quite a world city; it’s too laid back, too full of switchbacks, so many roads ending at the beach – but it’s the year of Rio + 20, the twentieth anniversary of the original global climate change summit, and the runup to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, so it’s a good time for Litro to dip into Rio’s writing scene.
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Writers in this issue include:
- Antônio Moura
- Nilton Resende
- Lúcia Bettencourt
- Leonardo Villa-Forte
- and many, many, more
NILTON RESENDE IS A LITERARY PROFESSOR, RESEARCHER AND ACTOR. HIS BOOKS INCLUDE O ORVALHO E OS DIAS (POETRY) AND DIABOLÔ (SHORT STORIES). RECENT WORK INCLUDES A STAGE ADAPTATION AND PRODUCTION OF THOMAS MANN’S STORY “MARIO AND THE MAGICIAN”, UNDER THE TITLE THE MAGICIAN, FOR HIS THEATRE COMPANY GANYMEDES. HE COMES FROM MACEIÓ, A STATE CAPITAL IN NORTH-EASTERN BRAZIL.
LÚCIA BETTENCOURT IS ONE OF BRAZIL’S RISING WRITERS. HER FIRST SHORT STORY COLLECTION, A SECRETÁRIA DE BORGES (BORGES’S SECRETARY), WON THE NATIONAL SESC PRIZE FOR LITERATURE AND BECAME A BESTSELLER. HER THIRD COLLECTION, O AMOR ACONTECE (LOVE HAPPENS), IS FORTHCOMING. LÚCIA IS CURRENTLY WRITING A NOVEL BASED ON THE LIFE OF RIMBAUD.
Antônio Moura was born in the Brazilian Amazon. He has published four collections of poetry and three of translations, including of César Vallejo. His poems have appeared in contemporary anthologies, including Nothing the Sun Could Not Explain: 20 Contemporary Brazilian Poets. He is currently being translated into Spanish, Catalan, German and English.
LEONARDO VILLA-FORTE WAS BORN IN RIO DE JANEIRO IN 1985 AND IS A TRANSLATOR, WRITER, EDITORIAL PRODUCER AND CONTRIBUTOR TO THE MAGAZINE PESSOA. PART OF HIS FIRST BOOK, “TWO-PERSON MONOLOGUE” WAS HIGHLY COMMENDED IN THE 2009 OFF-FLIP LITERATURE AWARD. HE IS THE CREATOR OF THE REMIXED LITERATURE SITE AND PROJECT MIXLIT, WHICH HAS RECEIVED ENTHUSIASTIC REVIEWS ACROSS BRAZIL, PORTUGAL AND THE UNITED STATES.
Angélica Freitas (b. 1973) is the author of Rilke Shake (2007). She co-edits the poetry journal Modo de Usar & Co. and lives in Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
JOÃO PAULO CUENCA
JOÃO PAULO CUENCA WAS BORN IN RIO. HIS NOVELS INCLUDE CORPO PRESENTE, O DIA MASTROIANNI AND O ÚNICO FINAL FELIZ PARA UMA HISTÓRIA DE AMOR É UM ACIDENTE. IN 2007 THE HAY FESTIVAL AND BOGOTÁ WORLD BOOK CAPITAL INCLUDED HIM AMONG THE “BOGOTÁ 39″—ONE OF THE 39 MOST EXCITING YOUNG AUTHORS IN LATIN AMERICA. HIS NOVELS HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED IN PORTUGAL, SPAIN, ITALY AND GERMANY.
Adriana Lisboa is a Brazilian writer. She is the author of six novels, and has also published poetry, short stories and books for children. Originally written in Portuguese, her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Damian Platt is the author of Culture is Your Weapon. He lives and works in Rio de Janeiro
Sérgio Rodrigues is a Brazilian fiction writer, literary critic, columnist and journalist – winner of the 2014 Prêmio Portugal Telecom de Literatura for his book "O drible" ["The Feint"]. His books have been translated to English, French, Spanish and Danish.
TATIANA SALEM LEVY
TATIANA SALEM LEVY WAS BORN IN 1979. SHE HAS PUBLISHED TWO NOVELS, A CHAVE DE CASA (THE KEY OF SMYRNA) AND DOIS RIOS (TWO RIVERS). THE KEY OF SMYRNA WON THE 2008 SÃO PAULO LITERATURE PRIZE FOR THE BEST BRAZILIAN DEBUT NOVEL. IT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN BRAZIL, PORTUGAL, SPAIN, ITALY, FRANCE, TURKEY AND ROMANIA.