Moldy Strawberries - Stories Book
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RELEASE DATE - 19 MAY 2022
In 18 gripping and daring stories filled with tension and intimacy, Caio Fernando Abreu navigates a Brazil transformed by the AIDS epidemic and stifling military dictatorship of the 80s.
Tenderly suspended between fear and longing, Abreu's characters grasp for connection: A man speckled with Carnival glitter crosses a crowded dance floor and seeks the warmth and beauty of another body. A budding office friendship between two young men turns into a surprising love, a strange and secret harmony.'
One man desires another but fears a clumsy word or gesture might tear their plot to pieces. After so many precarious offerings - a salvaged cigarette, a knock on the door from withing the downpour of a dream, or a tight-lipped smile - Abreu's schemes explode and implode. Junkies, failed revolutionaries, poets, and conflicted artists face threats at every turn.
But, inwardly ferocious and secretly resilient, they heal. For Caio Fernando Abreu there is beauty on the horizon, mingled with luminous memory and decay.
"Abreu's prose shimmers and always surprises--each story is a small, bright gem. The fearless writing in this beautiful collection deserves a vast English-language readership."
Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Caio Fernando Abreu's Moldy Strawberries introduces one of Brazil's most important and original prose writers to English language readers. Translated with expert nuance and brio by Bruna Dantas Lobato, Abreu's collection depicts the almost forgotten world of 1980s Brazil, a world shaped by military dictatorship, AIDS, and economic crisis, filtered through a rich and multilayered queer sensibility. You will want to add this startling collection to your bookshelf."
John Keene, author of Counternarratives and Annotations
"Abreu's writing teems with the desperate and dispirited, beatific loners who are propelled by a gravitational hunger for some shred of authenticity or understanding, for intimate correspondence with another. There are monumental truths to be found in each of these stories, drifting amid the queasy weightlessness of oblivion and craving acknowledgement. Moldy Strawberries is an act of unshakeable compassion."
Justin Walls, Bookshop
|Author||Caio Fernando Abreu