Carlos Heitor Cony

Brazil

© Carlos da Silva Assunção Filho

 

 

Carlos Heitor Cony is possibly Brazil's most distinguished living author. Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1926, he has been a writer and journalist all his life, witnessing and chronicling almost a century of modern Brazilian history. He is also a leading columnist for the prestigious Folha de S.Paulo and a member of the Academia Brasileira de Letras. He has three Jabuti prizes to his name and in 1996, he won the Machado do Assis prize in recognition of his body of work. 

 

Quase memória (“Quasi Memoir”) is a book of wonderful storytelling that shows a different Brazil and a world long gone, where living life was deemed more important than gain. One evening, Carlos Heitor Cony receives a letter from his late father. Seeing his handwriting evokes past adventures with the man who managed to make life exciting even in the direst circumstances. An insightful and heart-warming story that expertly blends fiction with facts, combining personal reminiscence with the Rio de Janeiro of the 1930s to 50s.

 

Quasi Memoir is a quasi-fictional novel, a homage to the author’s father. Permeating the book is the image of a Brazil dreaming of great things but settling for a bazaar of fantasies and compromises.

                                                                                                                              Marcelo Coelho, Folha de S. Paulo

 

Cony has transformed his father into an unforgettable character for all Brazilian literature.

Veja

An exquisite narration, extremely entertaining and full of tenderness.

Le Monde des Livres

 

 

Cony’s latest novel, A morte e a vida (“Life and Death”), deals with the controversial topic of euthanasia. Nurse Vilma is dedicated to her work. When Edmundo asks her to help his wife Maria Emília to die a painless death in the last stages of cerebral cancer, she is reluctant. Slowly, the two of them get emotionally involved...

 

 

 

Original editions (selection) and rights sold:

 

Novels:

O ventre

Rio de Janeiro: Civilização Brasileira 1958; São Paulo: Companhia das Letras 2002, 196 p.

 

A verdade de cada dia

Rio de Janeiro: Civilização Brasileira 1959; Porto Alegre: Mercado Aberto 2001, 138 p.

Prêmio Manuel Antônio de Almeida 1957

 

A casa do poeta trágico

Rio de Janeiro: Civilização Brasileira 1961; Objetiva 2005, 216 p.

Prêmio Jabuti 1998

 

Pessach, a travessia

Rio de Janeiro: Civilização Brasileira 1967; Objetiva 2007, 336 p.

France: Gallimard 1999; Folies d’Encre 2009 Mexico: Extemporáneos 1973

 

Quase memória

São Paulo: Companhia das Letras 1995; Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva 2010, 208 p.

Prêmio Jabuti 1996; Prêmio Machado de Assis 1996 for his œuvre

English sample translation available

France: Gallimard 1999 Portugal: Palavra 2005 Spain: Ediciones B 2006

 

Romance sem palavras

São Paulo: Companhia das Letras 1999; Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva 2009, 152 p.

Prêmio Jabuti 2000

 

A tarde da sua ausência

São Paulo: Companhia das Letras 2003, 168 p.

Spain: El Gall

 

O adiantado da hora

Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva 2006, 217 p.

 

A morte e a vida

Rio de Janeiro: Editora MemVavMem 2007, 157 p.

 

 

Chronicles:

O tudo e o nada

São Paulo: Publifolha 2004, 408 p.

 

Para ler na escola

Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva 2009, 156 p.

 

Eu, aos pedaços

São Paulo: Leya 2010, 256 p.

 

 

Represented for Companhia das Letras, Brazil, exc. English