By Fernanda Torres
Translated from the Portuguese by Alison Entrekin
The bracing debut novel from renowned Brazilian film star Fernanda Torres that tells the story of five aging male friends reflecting on their days of hedonism in Rio’s Copacabana, and the hilariously grim realities of getting old.
Paperback List Price: $16.99 • ISBN: 9781632061218 • Publication: 7/11/2017• 5” x 7.125” • 240 pages • Fiction • Territory: World English • eBook List Price: $14.99
About the Book
The End centers on five friends in Rio de Janeiro who, nearing the end of their lives, are left with memories—of parties, marriages, divorces, fixations, inhibitions, bad decisions—and the physical indignities of aging. Alvaro lives alone and bemoans the evils of his ex-wife. Silvio can’t give up the excesses of sex and drugs. Ribeiro is an athletic beach bum enjoying a prolonged sex life thanks to Viagra. Neto is the square, a faithful husband until the end. And Ciro is the Don Juan envied by all—but the first to die. For all, successful careers, personal revelations, and Zen serenity are out of the question, blocked by a seemingly insurmountable wall of frustrations. Edgy and wise, this tragicomic debut delves into taboo subjects with unsentimental honesty, and brings Rio and these characters to life in full color.
“This book reveals a writer in full command of her art. In it are smells, sounds, objects, situations, reasoning, emotion, humor, complexity. And nothing of so-called high culture or art. The author gives herself over to the mean, dirty world of her characters. Their voices are distinct, even in the indirect narration. The plot flows without feeling contrived, without seeking to teach lessons. The language is colorful, lively, molds itself around the characters, surges forward. This is a serious book in which humor is important: there is crudeness, the confrontation of problems, the pursuit of expression. It is through a group of old friends that Copacabana is revealed. And what one sees is the failure of a middle class who believed in the hedonism that has historically been associated with this part of Rio de Janeiro. Goodbye, ‘princess of the sea.’ Breathtaking, a stunning debut.”
—Mario Sergio Conti
About the Author
Fernanda Torres was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1965. She has enjoyed a successful career in the theatre, cinema, and on television for thirty-five years and has received many awards, including Best Actress at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. She is a columnist for the newspaper Folha de São Paulo and the magazine Veja-Rio and contributes to the magazine Piauí. The End is her first novel.
About the Translator
Alison Entrekin is an acclaimed translator from the Portuguese. Her work includes short fiction and poetry for anthologies and literary magazines, in addition to children’s fiction, biographies, and novels, including City of God by Paulo Lins; The Eternal Son by Cristovão Tezza, shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector, shortlisted for the PEN America Translation Prize; and Budapest by Chico Buarque, shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. She is a three-time finalist in the New South Wales Premier’s Translation Prize & PEN Medallion.