Ferréz

Brazil

© Almeida Rocha

 

 

Ferréz was born in São Paulo in 1975. He left school early to start work. Besides writing, Ferréz is part of the hip-hop movement and the founder of a brand of clothes made in his neighbourhood. He is also a singer and songwriter with several CDs on the market. In his books, Ferréz gives voice to the inhabitants of the outskirts of the Brazilian megalopolis, not from the outside but from his own experience of living in one of the most dangerous favelas of São Paulo.

 

Literature, scarcely known about in the quarter the author grew up in, became his passion, and he himself became a famous author with the novels Capão Pecado (“Sinful Capão”) and Manual prático do ódio (“Practical Handbook of Hatred”).

 

A new culture is born from the outside in. In literature Paulo Lins, Ferréz and Fernando Bonassi tell the story of the invisible social war that has established itself in Brazil.

Folha de S. Paulo

 

Capão Pecado is a post-card from the other side of the world.

Jornal da Tarde

 

Capão Pecado is unique within the whole of our national tradition of fiction.

Veja

 

 

Manual prático do ódio (“Practical Handbook of Hatred”) was called “a punch in the stomach” by the critics. It tells the story of Régis, Lúcio and other favela dwellers, who can't wait to pull off the big heist that will finally make them rich. They don’t care about harming those they live alongside, creating a world full of hatred and violence.

In this drastic yet captivating novel, Ferréz shows the darkest and dirtiest sides of life in the favela.

 

 

The language is that of the ghetto, the setting is for real, most of the characters likewise. It’s a book to astonish.

Folha de São Paulo

 

 

In a natural, simple and cruel way, Ferréz brings to light all that society tries to hide in the shadows.

Paulo Lins

 

 

Ferréz’ latest novel Deus foi almoçar (“God Went Out For Lunch”) is about the apparently calm life of the middle-aged public official Calixto. When he is left by his wife and his daughter, it could be a turning point for him. Although unable to adapt to his new situation, he cannot decide to take a new step either and stays trapped in a life that from the bottom of his heart he is longing to change. With this realistic and well-observed novel, Ferréz takes a close look at the Brazilian middle class for the first time.

 

A fascinating book about transformation, about taking or not taking a chance and crossing the gateway that lies ahead.

O Estado de S. Paulo

 

For young readers:

 

The most important writer from the so-called marginal literature of Brazil, Ferréz, from São Paulo, makes his debut in the infantile-juvenile genre with Amanhecer Esmeralda (“Emerald Dawn”). In a beautifully illustrated edition, the author tells how the daily life of Emerald, a black girl and resident of a poor community, is being altered by gestures of love that improve her self-esteem. According to Ferréz, the character was inspired by a child who attended his lectures and impressed him with a haughtiness comparable to the great African nobles.

 

 

 

Rights:

 

Novels:

Capão Pecado

São Paulo: Labortexto 2000, Planeta 2013, 172 p.

Portugal: Palavra 2005

 

Manual prático do ódio

Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva 2003, 253 p.

Film rights sold

Argentina: Corregidor 2011 France: Anacaona 2009 Italy: Fazi 2006 Mexico: SUR+ 2012 Portugal: Palavra 2006 Spain: Edicions 62 2006

 

Deus foi almoçar

São Paulo: Planeta 2012, 240 p.

Argentina: Corregidor (rights for Latin America) 2014

 

 

Short stories:

Ninguém é inocente em São Paulo

Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva 2006, 91 p.

English sample translation of the story Vizinhos available

Argentina: Corregidor 2016

 

 

Short Prose:

Cronista de um tempo ruim

São Paulo: Selo Povo 2009, 123 p.

 

 

Graphic Novels:

Desterro

(Ill. by Alexandre de Maio)

São Paulo: Anadarco 2012, 176 p.

France: Anacaona 2015

 

 

For young readers:

O pote mágico

São Paulo: Planeta 2012, 48 p.

 

Amanhecer Esmeralda

(Ill. by Igor Machado)

English translation available

Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva 2005, 47 p.

Argentina: Corregidor 2016

 

 

Participation in anthologies:

Other Carnivals: New Stories from Brazil

UK: Full Circle 2013