Mário de Carvalho

Portugal

© 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.

JL

 

The author's way of telling the absurd side of life is inimitable.

Expresso

 

 

There are descriptions of utmost beauty of a city that needs to be pam-pered. The author entertains us and enthrals us.

Time Out

 

Rights

 

Novels:

Casos do beco das sardinheiras

Lisbon: Vega 1981; Rolim 1985, Caminho 1991, 87 p.

France: Atelier in8

 

O livro grande de Tebas, Navio e Mariana

Lisbon: Vega 1982; Caminho 1996, 225 p.

 

Era uma vez um alferes

Lisbon: Rolim 1984, 38 p.

Colombia: Rocca

 

Fabulário

Lisbon: & etc 1984; Caminho 1997, 115 p.

 

A paixão do Conde de Fróis

Lisbon: Rolim 1986; Círculo de Leitores 1987; Caminho 1993, 204 p.

France: Gallimard 1992

 

E se tivesse a bondade de me dizer porquê

Lisbon: Rolim 1986; Relógio d'Água 1996, 247 p.

 

Os alferes

Lisbon: Caminho 1989; Círculo de Leitores 1991, 129 p.

France: Gallimard 1996 Italy: Instar Libri 2006 Spain: Txalaparta United Arab Emirates: National Library

 

Um deus passeando pela brisa da tarde

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

 

Era bom que trocássemos umas ideias sobre o assunto

Lisbon: Caminho 1995, 213 p.

Brazil: Companhia das Letras 2005 Germany: Klett-Cotta 1997

 

Fantasia para dois coronéis e uma piscina

Lisbon: Caminho 2003, 227 p.

Croatia: Fraktura 2008 France: Christian Bourgois 2007 Serbia: Dereta

 

A sala magenta

Lisbon: Caminho 2008, 175 p.

 

A arte de morrer longe

Lisbon: Caminho 2010, 125 p.

 

 

Stories:

Contos da sétima esfera

Lisbon: Vega 1981; Caminho 1990, 206 p.

 

Contos soltos

Lisbon: Quatro Elementos Editores 1986, 53 p.

 

Quatrocentos mil sestércios seguido de o conde Jano

Lisbon: Caminho 1991, 131 p.

Colombia: Rocca

 

A inaudita guerra da Avenida Gago Coutinho

Rolim 1983; Lisboa: Caminho 1992, 96 p.

 

Apuros de um pessimista em fuga

Lisbon: Caminho 1999, 80 p.

Germany: dtv 2001 (Uma despedida fleumática)

 

Contos vagabundos

Lisbon: Caminho 2000, 168 p.

 

O homem do turbante verde

Lisbon: Caminho 2011, 189 p.

Colombia: Rocca

 

A liberdade de Pátio

Porto: Porto Editora 2013, 104 S.

Prémio Literário Fundação Inês de Castro 2013

 

Theatre:

Água em pena de pato

Lisbon: Caminho 1991, 194 p.

 

Se perguntarem por mim, não estou seguido de Haja Harmonia

Lisbon: Caminho 1999, 234 p.