Carlos Heitor Cony
(1926 – 2018)
© Carlos da Silva Assunção Filho
Carlos Heitor Cony is one of Brazil's most distinguished authors. 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 was 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.
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:
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
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.
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