Moldy Strawberries: Stories by Caio Fernando Abreu
From Archipelago Books:
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:
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.