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Fernando Bonassi, born in São Paulo in 1962, attended the famous Film Academy in São Paulo. His short films, documentaries and scripts have won him several prizes. In 1998 he was a guest of the Artists-in-Residence Programme in Berlin. He presently works for Brazilian newspapers like Folha de S.Paulo, and writes screenplays for TV Globo. Fernando Bonassi is regarded as the chronicler of Brazilian suburbia. With relentless precision he describes the misery of ordinary life, the physical violence and brutality that lies in the silent routine of human relationships.
Fernando Bonassi’s new novel Luxúria (”Gluttony”) gives an account of an unnamed man who, inspired by a glossy magazine and to impress his wife, decides to crown his self-assumed wealth by building a swimming pool – on credit and in the garden of his dwarf-sized house in a social housing area. Little by little, like a chain reaction, the absurd building process exposes not only the drain pipes of the neighbourhood but also the gaping abysms of everyday bourgeois life. In debt, harassed, jobless and driven by his own demons, he tries to kill his dog before he finds a final solution for his family and himself.
Luxúria is a parable of the nation’s circumstances: the “new Brazilian middle class”, taken completely by surprise by their unexpected wealth, staggers head-on and without any moderation into the entirely foreseeable crisis. In relentlessly sober language, as if set in harshly exposed photographs and bold camera shots, Bonassi meticulously illuminates the lives of his protagonists. A fast-paced, disturbing novel that keeps the reader glued to his seat.
Fernando Bonassi hits the mark once again with Luxúria: A novel with a weighty theme, handled with narrative mastery, through which the reader lives vicariously the silent tragedy of Brazilian daily life.
de São Paulo
Incredibly beautiful narrativ.
El País Brazil
The most amazing thing about Luxúria is that it actually places this family under the point of view of what is happening right now in Brazil.
Luxúria is without doubt one of the best books of the year.
Blog O Dia
Bonassi - I do not write to entertain, I write to disturb myself and my reader - is unafraid to express, in verbal and written form, how he sees society in his country and the people in his city. His novel Subúrbio was one of the very first books to come from and deal with the world of the bleak suburbs which has long since reached the city centres. High walls, electronic barriers are of little use any more. The world of the privileged few can no longer cut itself off. What sort of a world is this, asks Bonassi, which constructs such walls, instead of confronting and combating misery, showing these people a way out. The novel Um céu de estrelas (“A Sky full of Stars”) was made into a prize-winning film by Brazilian director Tata Amaral. That he can also be entertaining he demonstrates in the crime story Crimes conjugais (“Marital Crimes”), an exciting, briskly moving story of big city crime.
The novel Prova Contrária (“Counterevidence”) tells the story of a woman who receives an indemnization from the government since her husband supposedly disappeared after having been tortured by the military regime. One day her husband returns... was he really the political hero his wife had believed him to be?
O menino preso na geladeira (“The Boy trapped in a Fridge”) has experienced nothing but privation and hollow promises by a corrupt government in a destroyed country. He therefore builds himself a large fully equipped fridge and locks himself in, as to isolate himself from the outside world. After a number of crazy coincidents, however, he suddenly becomes a national anti-hero. This is an absurd story, which seems to take place very far away, in truth, however, portrays a well-known reality.
We have here before us not a sky full of stars but a young author who in his anger about the prevailing social conditions writes convincing, compelling prose which is not in the slightest bit interested in beauty. On the contrary: dry, agitated and cheeky, it represents something like an ‘aesthetics of the ugly’, if that paradox be permitted.
FOLHA DE S.PAULO
Original editions (selection) and rights sold:
Luxúria, Rio de Janeiro: Record 2015, 368 p.
English sample translation available
(published online in the latest issue of the Revista Machado)
O menino preso na geladeira, Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva 2004, 218 p.
Prova contrária, Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva 2003, 97 p.
Film rights sold
O céu e o fundo do mar, Geração Editorial 1999, 126 p.
O amor é uma dor feliz, São Paulo: Moderna 1997, 302 p.
Crimes conjugais, São Paulo: Scritta 1994, 271 p.
Subúrbio, São Paulo:Scritta 1994, 319 p.
Revised Edition: Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva 2006
April 98 - theatre version at Schauspielhaus Hamburg, directed by H. Kresnik
France: Moisson Rouge 2008
Um céu de estrelas, São Paulo: Siciliano 1991; Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva 2005, 201 p.
Film by Tata Amaral 1996 (Several prizes)
1996 SESC Prize, São Paulo, for the best play of a young author.
O amor em chamas, São Paulo: Estação Liberdade 1989, 110 p.
Short prose and texts for young readers:
Diário da Guerra de São Paulo, São Paulo: Publifolha 2007, 104 p.
O pequeno fascista, São Paulo: Cosac & Naify 2005, 59 p.
(Ill. by Daniel Bueno)
Por um beijo, São Paulo: Ed. FTD 2002
As melhores vibrações – Um livro sobre sexo para homens e mulheres
de todos os sexos, São Paulo: Ed. Publifolha 2002
São Paulo/Brasil, Belo Horizonte: Dimensão 2002, 105 p.
Passaporte, São Paulo: Cosac & Naify 2001, 139 p.
Declaração universal do moleque invocado,
São Paulo: Cosac & Naify 2001, 24 p.
A incrível história de Naidinho (Um bandidão ou anjinho,
São Paulo: Geração Editorial 2001, 23 p.
100 coisas, São Paulo: Angra 2000, 109 p.
Spain: Moment Angular 2004 (Catalan)
Vida da gente, Belo Horizonte: Formato 1999, 33 p.
Uma carta para Deus, Belo Horizonte: Formato 1997, 26 p.
Germany: (Anthology) Kinder ohne Kindheit Sauerländer 2006
Tá louco!, São Paulo: Moderna 1996, 176 p.
100 histórias colhidas na rua, São Paulo: Scritta 1996, 207 p.
Participation in anthologies:
Brésil 25 – 2000-2015, Paris: Métailié 2015
Brasilien berättar: Ljud av steg, Stockholm: Tranan 2011