José Saramago Prize 2011Andréa del Fuego
Andréa del Fuego was born in São Paulo in 1975. She has worked on the literary TV programme Entrelinhas (Between the Lines) and is currently studying philosophy. She has written a number of highly acclaimed adult novels and children’s books. Her short stories have been published in various Brazilian and international anthologies. OS MALAQUIAS was shortlisted for the prestigious Prêmio São Paulo de Literatura 2011 and the Prêmio Jabuti 2011. Andréa del Fuego has been awarded unanimously the Prêmio José Saramago 2011.
Although medicine was a natural choice for Cecília, following in the footsteps of her father, she does not match the image one expects of a paediatrician. A doctor who is not at all maternal, with little affection for children and zero patience for their mothers and fathers.
And yet she has a successful practice as a sought-after neonatologist. Gradually, however, she ends up losing ground to a humanist paediatrician, who works with doulas, midwives and accompanies home births. Even the obstetrician with whom she has always worked seems to prefer the humanist.
Cecília undertakes an obsessive dive into the universe of humanised childbirth and alternative medicine, despite being practices she deeply despises. In parallel, she has a relationship with a married man, whose son she treats professionally during his birth. And this child will awaken unexpected feelings and attitudes in her.
With caustic humour and deft, succinct prose, Andréa del Fuego presents in The Paediatrician (“A Pediatra”) an insightful look at human behaviour and key contemporary issues, such as ethics, empathy and the limits that can be easily crossed by those in a position of power.
»It is impossible not to be seduced by the insane fury of Cecília, the crooked paediatrician. Whoever carries a stethoscope around their neck can do anything, believes the young woman in her medical arrogance. Del Fuego’s vile humour both shocks and fascinates, in this surgical literary absurdity set at the sacrosanct moment of childbirth.«
»In her new publication, Andréa del Fuego demonstrates that she has not only maintained but refined her power of synthesis in short, precise sentences, with an agile flow and continuous rhythm throughout the 160 pages of the novel.«
»Cecilia is one of the most passionate characters I’ve read this year.«
»That’s what Andréa del Fuego does with Cecília, with her masterful and a praiseworthy writing: she builds her in such a way that we think she is a jerk; but it is just in appearance, as behind it are her weaknesses, her pains, her affections. Not that one thing justifies the other. They complement each other. Cecilia is both. And whoever really likes her ends up liking her like that, in her entirety.«
Tatiana Salem Levy
»THE PEDIATRICIAN is, above all, a book about the contempt of those in power for those in an inferior position; it is the certainty of impunity for those who can do everything because their social position allows it.«
In her new novel The Miniatures (“As miniaturas”), Andréa del Fuego plunges the reader into a highly original world made up of dreams and reality. In a mysterious building full of corridors, people are working, under strict regulations, as interpreters of dreams. One day, as he leads a boy through his dreams using plastic miniatures, an interpreter realizes the boy is the son of one of his other clients. Although not allowed to work with members of the same family, the interpreter doesn’t report it and gets more and more involved in the lives of mother and son. Once again the author captivates her readers with a profound and entertaining novel.
»Andréa del Fuego brings a breath of fresh air to contemporary literature.«
Folha de Pernambuco
»Some of the most exciting prose from today’s Portuguese-language authors.«
The Malaquias (“Os Malaquias”) is an intriguing, intelligent story of family ties and fate in a world where magic lives alongside reality: When their parents die after being struck by lightning, Nico, Antônio and Júlia are separated. While each one tries to make it on their own, they continue to look for each other. Nico stays behind on a coffee plantation, while Antônio and Júlia are sent to an orphanage. In time, Antônio joins Nico and his family and Júlia becomes a successful dressmaker. Then Nico decides to leave for new shores, where he is sure he will see his sister again. A captivating family saga enhanced by a fresh literary tone that skillfully combines scientific conciseness with magical elements.
»With del Fuego’s debut novel The Malaquias, contemporary Brazilian literature proves itself to be extraordinarily lively, masterfully written and among the world’s best. A sparkling book full of vitality.«
The jury of the José Saramago Prize about OS MALAQUIAS:
»Turning back to the rural landscape, her archaic and tragic novel arouses the most intense emotions. Andréa del Fuego offers us a read that won’t leave anyone untouched. Os Malaquias is harsh, poetic, authentic. In the intrinsic entanglement of stories that make up this novel, the words have scent and taste, they can be felt with the fingertips. A true masterpiece.«
José Luís Peixoto
»Her characters live in the hiatus between the archaic and the modern, they dwell in this dense little space between cosmopolitanism and localism. The novel’s force lies in its evoking of memories and highlighting the relationships between the characters.«
Globo, Prosa & Verso
Crystal Skull Society
The world is living through an epidemic caused by an unknown virus, the Bola. The virus has already killed many people, including the grandfather of Vitor, a super-smart thirteen-year-old boy, skinny, with pimples on his face, who lives alienated from the world in front of his computer. Because of Samara, with whom he is in love, the young man discovers a game on the internet, the Skull, and ends up joining the mysterious Crystal Skull Society (“Sociedade da Caveira de Cristal”). To advance in the game, Vitor has to leave the computer on, the internet connected, and to fall asleep, because the game continues in his dreams. Thus, all the players have the same dream and live the same adventure. But Vitor, Samara, and the smart Jorjao (who owns an internet cafe) realize that something is wrong in this story and that together they can save the world from Bola.
»From the first to the last page, del Fuego has made a vibrant and infectious book … and a very topical one.«
The Paediatrician (“A Pediatra”)
São Paulo: Companhia das Letras, 2021, 160 p.
Audiovisual rights under option at Anonymous Content (USA/Brazil)
Theatrical rights in Brazil sold to Felipe Heráclito Lima, producer and creator of a theatrical piece based on Dogville by Lars von Trier
English sample translation available
Argentina: Edhasa (Spanish world rights) · Portugal: Companhia das Letras (PRH) 2022 · Slovakia: Portugalsky
The Miniatures (“As Miniaturas”)
São Paulo: Companhia das Letras 2013, 136 p.
English sample translation available
Argentina: Edhasa 2015 (Spanish world rights) · France: Éditions de l’Aube 2018 · Portugal: Porto Editora 2014
The Malaquias (“Os Malaquias”)
Rio de Janeiro: Língua Geral 2010, 276 p. São Paulo: Companhia das Letras (P.O.D.) 2022, 190 p.
film rights under option
José Saramago Prize 2011
English sample translation available
Argentina: Edhasa (Spanish world rights) 2012 · France: Éditions de l’Aube 2015 · Germany: Hanser 2013 (leading title autumn 2013) · Israel: Kinneret 2014 · Italy: Feltrinelli 2013 · Kuwait: Alsurra · Portugal: Porto Editora 2012, Companhia das Letras (PRH) 2023 · Romania: Vivaldi 2014 · Sweden: Natur & Kultur 2014
I Lie While I Can (“Minto enquanto Posso”)
São Paulo: O Nome da Rosa 2004, 130 p.
I Deny Everything (“Nego Tudo”)
São Paulo: Fina Flor 2005, 164 p.
Your Mistake (“Engano Seu”)
São Paulo: O Nome da Rosa 2007, 84 p.
I Deny Fire (“Nego Fogo”)
São Paulo: Dulcinéia Catadora 2009, 27 p.
I’m Almost Falling (“Quase Caio”)
São Paulo: Editora Escala Educacional 2008, 93 p.
NOVELS FOR YOUNG READERS
Crystal Skull Society (“Sociedade da Caveira de Cristal”)
São Paulo: editora Scipione 2008, 182 p.
Over 300,000 copies sold in Brazil!
NOVELS FOR CHILDREN
Plush Sisters (“Irmãs de Pelúcia”)
São Paulo: editora Scipione 2010, 88 p.
Argentina: Edhasa 2013
PARTICIPATION IN ANTHOLOGIES (SELECTION)
Brazil 25 – 2000-2015 (“Brésil 25 – 2000-2015”)
France: Métailié 2015
Other Carnivals: New Stories from Brazil
UK: Full Circle 2013
Microcontos. Minigeschichten aus Brasilien
Germany: dtv 2013
Popcorn on Copacabana. Young Brazilian literature (”Popcorn an der Copacabana. Junge brasilianische Literatur“)
Germany: Wagenbach 2013
Generation Zero Zero (“Geração Zero Zero: Fricções em Rede”)
Brazil: Língua Geral 2011
Feminine Stories (“Histórias Femininas”)
Brazil: editora Scipione 2011
Written Writers (“Escritores Escritos”)
Brazil: editora Flaneur 2010
Brazil: Editora Terracota 2009
A River of Tales – A Luso-Brazilian Anthology (“Um Rio de Contos – Antologia Luso-Brasileira”)
Portugal: Editorial Tágide 2009
Present Future (“Futuro Presente”)
Brazil: Record 2009
90-00 Contemporary Brazilian Short Stories (“90-00 Cuentos brasileños contemporáneos”)
Peru: Ediciones Copé (Petroperu) 2009
Gallery of the Supernatural (“Galeria do Sobrenatural”)
Brazil: Terracota Editora 2009