Mário de Carvalho
© Paulo Castanheira
Mário de Carvalho, born in Lisbon in 1944, graduated in law at the University of Lisbon. After spending time in prison for political reasons, he went into exile in France and Switzerland, returning to Portugal in 1974. He has received numerous awards, among others the Prémio Literário Fundação Inês de Castro 2013, and is considered one of the great Portuguese contemporary writers.
A arte de morrer longe ("The Art of Dying Far Away") is an entertaining satire about a series of apparently unimportant causalities which turn the lives of a middle-class Lisbon couple upside down. Arnaldo and Bárbara have been happily married when one day Bárbara believes she may be in love with her employer's son. Arnaldo responds by saying that he too is having an affair, although this is not true. On dividing their possessions, they find that neither wants to keep the turtle they once bought together. With fluid language and sharp irony, Mário de Carvalho cleverly portrays society. This amusing novel full of slapstick elements will have the reader laughing out loud or grinning silently to himself.
At times Mário de Carvalho discovers sombre atmospheres, at times he surprises himself with irony and sharpness.
The author's way of telling the absurd side of life is inimitable.
There are descriptions of utmost beauty of a city that needs to be pam-pered. The author entertains us and enthrals us.
Lisbon: Vega 1981; Rolim 1985, Caminho 1991, 87 p.
France: Atelier in8
Lisbon: Vega 1982; Caminho 1996, 225 p.
Lisbon: Rolim 1984, 38 p.
Lisbon: & etc 1984; Caminho 1997, 115 p.
Lisbon: Rolim 1986; Círculo de Leitores 1987; Caminho 1993, 204 p.
France: Gallimard 1992
Lisbon: Rolim 1986; Relógio d'Água 1996, 247 p.
Lisbon: Caminho 1989; Círculo de Leitores 1991, 129 p.
France: Gallimard 1996 ● Italy: Instar Libri 2006 ● Spain: Txalaparta ● United Arab Emirates: National Library
Lisbon: Caminho 1994, 319 p.
Brazil: Companhia das Letras 2006 ● Bulgaria: Karina ● France: Gallimard 1999, Christian Bourgois 2002 ● Germany: Klett-Cotta 1999 ● Greece: Enalios 1999 ● Italy: Instar Libri 2005 ● Spain: Seix Barral 1998 ● UK: Weidenfeld & Nicholson 1997 ● US: Louisiana State University Press 1997
Lisbon: Caminho 1995, 213 p.
Brazil: Companhia das Letras 2005 ● Germany: Klett-Cotta 1997
Lisbon: Caminho 2003, 228 p.; Porto Editora 2015; 2017 200 p.
Croatia: Fraktura 2008 ● France: Christian Bourgois 2007 ● Serbia: Dereta
Lisbon: Caminho 2008, 175 p.
Canada: Les Allusifs 2014
Lisbon: Caminho 2010, 125 p.
Canada: Les Allusifs 2016
Ronda das Mil Belas em Frol
Lisbon: Porto 2016, 101 p.
Lisbon: Vega 1981; Caminho 1990, 206 p.
Lisbon: Quatro Elementos Editores 1986, 53 p.
Lisbon: Caminho 1991, 131 p.
Rolim 1983; Lisboa: Caminho 1992, 96 p.
Lisbon: Caminho 1999, 80 p.
Germany: dtv 2001 (Uma despedida fleumática)
Lisbon: Caminho 2000, 168 p.
Lisbon: Caminho 2011, 189 p.
A liberdade de Pátio
Porto: Porto Editora 2013, 104 S.
Prémio Literário Fundação Inês de Castro 2013
Lisbon: Caminho 1991, 194 p.
Lisbon: Caminho 1999, 234 p.
Participation in anthologies:
UK: Oxford University Press 2019
Collectors (Coleccionadores), taken from: “Contos da sétima esfera”