Project Description

Nobody's Innocent in São PauloFerréz

Brazil

Ferréz was born in São Paulo in 1975. He left school early to start work. Besides writing, Ferréz is part of the hip-hop movement and the founder of a brand of clothes made in his neighbourhood. He is also a singer and songwriter with several CDs on the market. In his books, Ferréz gives voice to the inhabitants of the outskirts of the Brazilian megalopolis, not from the outside but from his own experience of living in one of the most dangerous favelas of São Paulo.

Ferréz© Almeida Rocha

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Capão Pecado

Literature, scarcely known about in the quarter the author grew up in, became his passion, and he himself became a famous author with the novels Sinful Capão (“Capão Pecado”) and Practical Handbook of Hatred (“Manual prático do ódio ”).

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Capão Pecado

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Manual prático do ódio

Practical Handbook of Hatred (“Manual prático do ódio”) was called “a punch in the stomach” by the critics. It tells the story of Régis, Lúcio Fé and other favela dwellers, who can’t wait to pull off the big heist that will finally make them rich. They don’t care about harming those they live alongside, creating a world full of hatred and violence. In this drastic yet captivating novel, Ferréz shows the darkest and dirtiest sides of life in the favela.

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Manual prático do ódio

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Deus foi almoçar

Ferréz’ novel God Went Out For Lunch (“Deus foi almoçar”) is about the apparently calm life of the middle-aged public official Calixto. When he is left by his wife and his daughter, it could be a turning point for him. Although unable to adapt to his new situation, he cannot decide to take a new step either and stays trapped in a life that from the bottom of his heart he is longing to change. With this realistic and well-observed novel, Ferréz takes a close look at the Brazilian middle class for the first time.

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Deus foi almoçar

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For young readers: Amanhecer Esmeralda

The most important writer from the so-called marginal literature of Brazil, Ferréz, from São Paulo, makes his debut in the infantile-juvenile genre with Emerald Dawn (“Amanhecer Esmeralda”). In a beautifully illustrated edition, the author tells how the daily life of Emerald, a black girl and resident of a poor community, is being altered by gestures of love that improve her self-esteem. According to Ferréz, the character was inspired by a child who attended his lectures and impressed him with a haughtiness comparable to the great African nobles.

 

RIGHTS

NOVELS
O demônio de Frankfurt
(Illustrations by Lourenço Mutarelli)
São Paulo: Comix Zone 2021, 144 p.

God Went Out For Lunch (“Deus foi almoçar”)
São Paulo: Planeta 2012, 240 p.
Argentina: Corregidor (rights for Latin America) 2014

Practical Handbook of Hatred (“Manual prático do ódio”)
Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva 2003, 253 p., Companhia das Letras 2024
Film rights sold
Argentina: Corregidor 2011 · France: Anacaona 2009 · Italy: Fazi 2006 · Mexico: SUR+ 2012 · Portugal: Palavra 2006 · Spain: Edicions 62 2006

Sinful Capão (“Capão Pecado”)
Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva 2000; Companhia das Letras 2020, 140 p. · São Paulo: Tusquets (Planeta) 2017
Argentina: Corregidor (rights for Latin America) · Portugal: Palavra 2005 · USA: Carlos Fils Puig (PoD, world English rights)

SHORT STORIES
Nobody Is Innocent in São Paulo (“Ninguém é inocente em São Paulo”)
Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva 2006, 91 p.
English sample translation of the story Vizinhos available
Argentina: Corregidor 2016

SHORT PROSE
Cronista de um tempo ruim
São Paulo: Selo Povo 2009, 123 p.

GRAPHIC NOVELS
Desterro
(Ill. by Alexandre de Maio)
São Paulo: Anadarco 2012, 176 p.
France: Anacaona 2015

FOR YOUNG READERS
A menina Anna e o balão
Argentina: Corregidor

O pote mágico
São Paulo: Planeta 2012, 48 p.

Emerald Dawn (“Amanhecer Esmeralda”)
(Ill. by Igor Machado)
English translation available
Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva 2005, 47 p.
Argentina: Corregidor 2016

PARTICIPATION IN ANTHOLOGIES
Other Carnivals: New Stories from Brazil
UK: Full Circle 2013