Joca Reiners Terron
© 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 From the Bottom of the Well You Can See the Moon.
Playing at school, a boy hits his head and falls into a coma. He awakens not knowing for sure who he is. In the following months, he experiences the intense sensation that the people who take care of him are not his parents. However, the barbiturates prescribed by the doctor confuse his reasoning and the boy gradually loses the certainties that someone of eleven years old can have. It is from there that Joca Reiners Terron tells this labyrinthine story in his latest novel Night Within Night (“Noite dentro da noite”), traversing the recent history of Brazil, parodying the construction of an autobiography.
Night Within Night is one of the more astounding novels published in Brazil in recent years, a feat of crafting virtuosity where a family saga and the horrors of history and nature are ingredients for an a hallucinatory tale about the powers of imagination.
The book demonstrates originality and strength, reinvogorates self-fiction, and engages the reader from beginning to end.
André Cáceres, Estadão
The Tremendous Sadness of the Snow Leopard (“A tristeza extraordinária do leopardo-das-neves”) 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.
From the Bottom of the Well You Can See the Moon ("Do fundo do poço se vê a lua") 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.
Night Within Night (“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.
English sample translation available
The Tremendous Sadness of the Snow Leopard (“A tristeza extraordinária do leopardo-das-neves”)
São Paulo: Companhia das Letras 2013
English sample translation available
Italy: Caravan 2016 ● Kuwait: Alsurra 2018 ● Mexico: Almadía 2015
Guide to Dead Ends (“Guia de ruas sem saída”)
(Ill. by André Ducci)
São Paulo: Petrobras 2011, 256 p.
From the Bottom of the Well You Can See the Moon (“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
Curve of Dirty River (“Curva de Rio Sujo”)
São Paulo: Planeta 2004, 136 p.
Adapted for the movies by Felipe Bragança 2017 with the title:
“Don't Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!”
São Paulo: Livros do Mal 2003, 128 p.
There’s Nothing There (“Não há nada lá”)
São Paulo: Ciência do Acidente 2001, Companhia das Letras 2011, 160 p.
Dream Interrupted by Guillotine (“Sonho interrompido por guilhotina”)
Rio de Janeiro: Casa da Palavra 2006, 184 p.
Anonymous Animal (“Animal anônimo”)
São Paulo: Ciência do Acidente 2002, 108 p.
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
Edited in the US in 2002 and in Argentina in 2000, among others