Paulo Scott


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Paulo Scott, born in Porto Alegre in 1966, lives in Rio de Janeiro and works as a writer, translator, playwright, screenwriter and cultural press collaborator. His books, among them three novels, a book of short stories and four books of poetry, have been awarded numerous prizes, such as the Prêmio Fundação Biblioteca Nacional, and shortlisted for renowned prizes like the Prêmio Jabuti and the Prêmio São Paulo de Literatura. His stories Ainda orangotangos (“Still Orangutans”) were adapted as a movie, winning the Milano Film Festival in 2008.



Habitante irreal (“Nowhere People”) is a novel about different people all living on the fringes of Brazilian society. 21-year-old Paulo is disappointed with the country’s social and political development after the military dictatorship. When he meets the homeless indigenous teenager Maína, he is moved by a rare sense of duty. Their love affair will mark both their fates and their struggles will continue in their mestizo son Donato. With this drastically realistic story and his plain language, Scott manages to captivate his readers.


Paulo Scott lends his voice to the forgotten.

Frankfurter AllgemeineZeitung


One of the most interesting voices in recent fiction.

O Globo


An audacious story, the novel fizzes with anger.

The Guardian


A raw and passionate tale about love, loss and family. A classic in the making.

The National, Abu Dhabi


Immensely powerful.

O Estado de São Paulo


Scott’s most recent novel, Ithaca Road, leads us to the land down under. The young Maori Narelle comes to Sydney in order to run her brother’s restaurant after he skips town under a burden of debt. Haunted by her violent past, Narelle meets the autistic girl Anna and opens up to another human being for the first time in years.







O ano em que vivi de literatura

Rio de Janeiro: FOZ 2015, 256 p.

Prémio Açorianos 2016


Ithaca Road

São Paulo: Companhia das Letras 2013, 112 p.


Habitante irreal

Rio de Janeiro: Alfaguara 2011, 262 p.

Prêmio Fundação Biblioteca Nacional 2012

Prêmio Jabuti 2012, Prêmio São Paulo de Literatura 2012, Prêmio Portugal Telecom de Literatura 2012, Prêmio Bravo 2012 (all finalist)

Croatia: Hena-Com 2017 Germany: Wagenbach 2013 Portugal: Tinta da China 2014 Turkey: Pinhan Publishing UK: And other stories 2014



Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva 2005, 208 p.

Prêmio Câmara Rio-Grandense do Livro

Journal O Sul “Revelation of the Year”

Film rights sold



Short stories

Ainda orangotangos

Porto Alegre: Livros do Mal 2003; Bertrand Brasil 2007, 84 p.

Finalist Prêmio Açoriano de literatura

Adapted for the movies by Gustavo Spolidoro, winning the XIII Festival of Milan in 2008



Poetry (selection)

O monstro e o minotauro

(with Laerte Coutinho)

Editora Dulcinéia Catadora 2011


A timidez do monstro

Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva 2006, 108 p.



Participation in anthologies (selection)

Brésil 25 – 2000-2015

France: Métailié 2015


Cuentos en tránsito. Antología de narrativa brasileña

Buenos Aires: Alfaguara 2014, 225 p.

(Story Encendedor de precipicios)


Geração zero zero

Língua Geral 2011


Os Cem Menores Contos Brasileiros do Século

Editora Ateliê 2004




O início do fim, 2005

(as co-author)

Short movie by Gustavo Spolidoro

Jameson Short Film Award; selected for the Sundance Festival 2006