Morgana Kretzmann’s debut novel To Dust (“Ao Pó”) tells the story of Sofia, a young theatre actress who could have a brilliant career in Rio de Janeiro if she didn’t have to struggle with the shadows of her past. Even her boyfriend Carlos, a respected playwright, can’t help her; their relationship experiences ups and downs that eventually lead to a humiliating break-up. Sofia is also haunted by great feelings of guilt, because when she, barely of age, fragile and with no security, turned her back on her homeland to finally escape her uncle’s abuse, she left her younger sister Aline behind against her will – knowing that she would meet the same fate as herself. Sofia takes refuge more and more often in increasingly rampant alcohol binges, and when, after a concert, she allows all the men in the band to have sex with her, Carlos’s ego can no longer stand it. He changes the lock and sends her things in bin bags to a friend’s address. From then on, Sofia can’t shake off the thought of revenge, revenge on the men who destroyed her: Carlos, the band leader, and especially her uncle. To do this, she travels to São Paulo, to Belo Horizonte and back to her hometown of Tenente Portela in southern Brazil. There, her sister has just committed suicide, and in the end, it is the single mother, who had turned a blind eye to all the years of abuse, who avenges her daughters.
»Morgana Kretzmann’s narrative makes us reflect on the most dramatic experiences of the human condition.«
Luiz Antonio de Assis Brasil
»The same uncle Luiz who had harassed Sofia, the protagonist, also abuses her younger sister at her own birthday party. Thus begins the novel; Sofia is not yet fifteen when she comes to the aid of her sister and the continuing trauma. Interspersing agile and realistic language describing matters on the surface, and a different, dreamlike and more pointed language for the subterranean, Morgana Kretzmann debuts with an engaging and solid prose. The author brings us Sofia, a character who postpones taking flight, because her heel is stuck in the mud. Woman simultaneously now and in the distant past, all of us.«
Andréa del Fuego
»With great skill, sensitivity, and evident mastery of the novelistic technique, in To Dust, Morgana Kretzmann mixes denunciation, construction, and art. The result is a brilliant novel.«
Godofredo de Oliveira Neto, Mallarmagens