Joca Reiners Terron

Brazil

© Renato Parada

 

 

Joca Reiners Terron, born in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso in 1968, is a poet, writer and graphic designer. He was an editor at the independent Brazilian publishing house Ciência do Acidente and is now a regular contributor to the prestigious newspaper Folha de São Paulo and TV Cultura. Joca Terron has won the Prêmio Machado de Assis 2010 and was shortlisted for the Prêmio São Paulo de Literatura 2011 with Do fundo do poço se vê a lua.

 

 

A tristeza extraordinária do leopardo-das-neves (“The Tremendous Sadness of the Snow Leopard”) intertwines the gripping stories of three main characters to form an intriguing whole. A man in his fifties looks after his senile father, not knowing he has a sick sister. A shifty nurse is taking care of a strange child that is only awake at night while a taxi driver lets his attack dogs loose to hunt for human prey. Then an innocent night excursion to the zoo to see the lonely snow leopard turns into a nightmare. As the mysterious child’s secret is unveiled, the man shows his sister the sun after 66 years of darkness.

Combining beautiful language with a touch of irony and magic realism, Joca Reiners Terron’s latest novel is full of eerie suspense.

 

Terron demonstrates great literary strength, just like César Aira at his best.

Folha de S. Paulo

 

A beautiful novel that oscillates between the social and the mysterious.

O Estadão

 

 

Do fundo do poço se a lua ("From the Bottom of the Well You Can See the Moon") is a fast-paced crime novel about identity and brotherly love, written in a style at once entertaining and violent.

Wilson and William are twins born in São Paulo in the 1980s but their similarities are merely physical. After a tragic accident, Wilson loses his memory and starts a new life in Cairo. But the past keeps nagging at his subconscious, and as the pieces start falling into place, he lures his long-lost brother to Egypt to confront him with what he now knows really happened that night…

 

 

A well-worked piece of literature that masterfully blends the real and the fictional.

O Estado de S. Paulo

 

A solid narrative that is not devoid of surprises.

Outlook

 

 

 

Rights:

 

Novels:

Noite dentro da Noite

Number 3 in the list of best books of 2017 of Folha de S.Paulo

São Paulo: Companhia das Letras 2017, 464 p.

 

A tristeza extraordinária do leopardo-das-neves

São Paulo: Companhia das Letras 2013

English sample translation available

Italy: Caravan 2016 Mexico: Almadía 2015

 

Guia de ruas sem saída

(Ill. by André Ducci)

São Paulo: Petrobras 2011, 256 p.

 

Do fundo do poço se vê a lua

São Paulo: Companhia das Letras 2010, 279 p.

English and Spanish sample translation available

Prêmio Machado de Assis 2010

Shortlisted for the Prêmio São Paulo de Literatura 2011

Portugal: Leya 2016

 

Curva de Rio Sujo

São Paulo: Planeta 2004, 136 p.

Will be adapted for the movies by Felipe Bragança

 

Hotel Hell

São Paulo: Livros do Mal 2003, 128 p.

 

Não há nada lá

São Paulo: Ciência do Acidente 2001, Companhia das Letras 2011, 160 p.

 

 

Short stories:

Sonho interrompido por guilhotina

Rio de Janeiro: Casa da Palavra 2006, 184 p.

 

 

Poetry:

Animal anônimo

São Paulo: Ciência do Acidente 2002, 108 p.

 

Eletroencefalodrama

São Paulo: Ciência do Acidente 1998, 93 p.

 

 

Participation in anthologies (selection):

Popcorn unterm Zuckerhut. Junge brasilianische Literatur

Germany: Wagenbach 2013

 

Contos Cruéis: as narrativas mais violentas da literatura brasileira contemporânea

São Paulo: Geração Editorial 2006

 

A Literatura latino-americana do século XXI

Rio de Janeiro: Aeroplano Editora/Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil 2005

 

Dentro de um livro

Rio de Janeiro: Casa da Palavra 2005

 

Os Cem Menores Contos Brasileiros do Século

São Paulo: Ateliê Editorial 2004

 

Geração 90: os transgressors

São Paulo: Boitempo 2003

 

Rattapallax

Edited in the US in 2002 and in Argentina in 2000, among others