Moldy strawberries

by Abreu, Caio Fernando,

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Summary
Caio Fernando Abreu is one of those authors who is picked up by every generation.

Surreal and gripping stories about desire, tyranny, fear, and love, from one of Brazil's greatest queer writers, whose work is appearing in English for the first time.


In 18 gripping and daring stories filled with tension and intimacy, Caio Fernando Abreu navigates a Brazil transformed by the AIDS epidemic and stifling military dictatorship of the 80s.

Tenderly suspended between fear and longing, Abreu's characters grasp for connection:
A man speckled with Carnival glitter crosses a crowded dance floor and seeks the warmth and beauty of another body. A budding office friendship between two young men turns into a surprising love, "a strange and secret harmony." One man desires another but fears a clumsy word or gesture might tear their plot to pieces.
After so many precarious offerings--a salvaged cigarette, a knock on the door from withing the downpour of a dream, or a tight-lipped smile--Abreu's schemes explode and implode. Junkies, failed revolutionaries, poets, and conflicted artists face threats at every turn. But, inwardly ferocious and secretly resilient, they heal.

For Caio Fernando Abreu there is beauty on the horizon, mingled with luminous memory and decay.

Translated by Bruna Dantas Lobato, currently an Iowa Arts Fellow and MFA candidate in Literary Translation at the University of Iowa.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The surprising and provocative works of Brazilian cult favorite Abreu (1948--1996) appear in English for the first time in this vivid translation from Lobato. Chronicling the counterculture scenes of the 1970s and '80s as the AIDS crisis ravaged Brazil, the stories follow characters through nightclubs, office jobs, and lazy days of pillow talk. Some read as chronicles of the powers of physical intimacy, such as the short and exceptional "Fat Tuesday," in which queer people seek, accept, and "glow" together on the dancefloor and beyond, until they must separate on account of societal taboos. Physicality also dominates "Sergeant Garcia," in which a privileged and flat-footed soldier is exempted from service only to seek further liberation through sex with a stranger, leaving him "so full of a cursed joy." Others are based largely or entirely on conversations. "Dialogue," which reads like a riff on the "who's on first" joke, details a speaker's struggle to articulate their feelings to their interlocutor ("I said you're my friend"; "What are you trying to say?" "I'm just saying you're my friend"); "Music Box" explores the powerful images of dreams; and "The Survivors" examines the affections and longings that both bind and divide a queer woman and a queer man. Abreu's prose shimmers and always surprises--each story is a small, bright gem. The fearless writing in this beautiful collection deserves a vast English-language readership. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Abreu, Caio Fernando -- Translations into English.
short stories.
Short stories.
Publisher Brooklyn, NY :Archipelago Books,2022
Edition First Archipelago Books edition.
Other Titles Morangos mofados.
Contributors Lobato, Bruna Dantas, translator.
Language English
Description 181 pages ; 17 cm
ISBN 9781953861207
1953861202
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