Meia-noite e vinte

Editora Companhia das Letras
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Retratando com maestria a geração que cresceu nos anos 1990, chega o novo romance do premiado autor de Barba ensopada de sangue.Em meio a uma onda de calor devastadora e a uma greve de ônibus que paralisa a cidade, três amigos se reencontram em Porto Alegre. No final dos anos 1990, eles haviam incendiado a internet com o Orangotango, um fanzine digital que se tornou cultuado em todo o Brasil. Agora, quase duas décadas depois, a morte do quarto integrante do grupo vai reaproximar Aurora, cientista e pesquisadora vivendo uma pequena guerra acadêmica, Antero, artista de vanguarda convertido em publicitário, e Emiliano, jornalista que tem uma difícil tarefa pela frente.Captando com maestria a geração que cresceu em meio ao início da internet, Galera explora essas vidas acuadas entre promessas não cumpridas e anseios apocalípticos. Nas vozes de Aurora, Antero e Emiliano, Meia-noite e vinte é um retrato marcante de uma juventude que recebeu um mundo despedaçado e para quem o futuro pode não significar mais nada.
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About the author

Daniel Galera nasceu em 1979, em São Paulo, e passou a maior parte da vida em Porto Alegre. Escritor e tradutor, é autor de livros como Cordilheira e Barba ensopada de sangue. Suas obras foram publicadas nos Estados Unidos e em diversos países da Europa.
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Publisher
Editora Companhia das Letras
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Published on
Sep 13, 2016
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Pages
208
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ISBN
9788543807102
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Language
Portuguese (Portugal)
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Genres
Fiction / Literary
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Daniel Galera
"A book of visceral and tender beauty whose echoes persist long after the final page." 
—David Mitchell, author of The Bone Clocks

A coming of age tale of brutal beauty and disarming tenderness from one of Brazil's most exciting young novelists, an author writing in the footsteps of "Roberto Bolaño, Jim Harrison, the Coen brothers and...Denis Johnson" (The New York Times)

A young man wakes up at dawn to drive to the Andes, to climb the Cerro Bonete--a mountain untouched by ice axes and climbers, one of the planet's final mountains to be conquered--as an act of heroic bravado, or foolishness. But instead, he finds himself dragged, by the undertow of memory, to Esplanada, the neighborhood he grew up in, to the brotherhood of his old friends, and to the clearing in the woods where he witnessed an act that has run like a scar through the rest of his life.

Back in Esplanada, the young man revisits his initiation into adulthood and recalls his boyhood friends who formed a strange and volatile pack. Together they play video games, get drunk around bonfires, pick fights, and goad each other into bike races where the winner is the boy who has the most spectacular crash. Caught between the threat of not being man enough, the desire to please his friends, and the intoxicating contact-high of danger, the boy finds himself following the rules of the pack even as the risks mount. And in a moment that reverberates and repeats itself in new ways in his adulthood, his fantasies of who he is and what it means to be a man come crashing down, and life asserts itself as an endless rehearsal for a heroic moment that may never arrive.

From one of Brazil's most dazzling writers, The Shape of Bones is an exhilarating story of mythic power. Daniel Galera has written a pulse-racing novel with the otherworldly wisdom of a parable.
Daniel Galera
From Brazil’s most acclaimed young novelist, the mesmerizing story of how a troubled young man’s restorative journey to the seaside becomes a violent struggle with his family’s past

—So why did they kill him?

—I’m getting there. Patience, tchê. I wanted to give you the context. Because it’s a good story, isn’t it?

A young man’s father, close to death, reveals to his son the true story of his grandfather’s death, or at least the truth as he knows it. The mean old gaucho was murdered by some fellow villagers in Garopaba, a sleepy town on the Atlantic now famous for its surfing and fishing. It was almost an execution, vigilante style. Or so the story goes.

It is almost as if his father has given the young man a deathbed challenge. He has no strong ties to home, he is ready for a change, and he loves the seaside and is a great ocean swimmer, so he strikes out for Garopaba, without even being quite sure why. He finds an apartment by the water and builds a simple new life, taking his father’s old dog as a companion. He swims in the sea every day, makes a few friends, enters into a relationship, begins to make inquiries.

But information doesn’t come easily. A rare neurological condition means that he doesn’t recognize the faces of people he’s met, leading frequently to awkwardness and occasionally to hostility. And the people who know about his grandfather seem fearful, even haunted. Life becomes complicated in Garopaba until it becomes downright dangerous.

Steeped in a very special atmosphere, both languid and tense, and soaked in the sultry allure of south Brazil, Daniel Galera’s masterfully spare and powerful prose unfolds a story of discovery that feels almost archetypal—a display of storytelling sorcery that builds with oceanic force and announces one of Brazil’s greatest young writers to the English-speaking world.

Look for Daniel's new book, The Shape of Bones. 

Daniel Galera
Ganadora del prestigioso Premio São Paulo de Literatura, en Barba empapada de sangre, un profesor de educación física se instala en un pueblo de pescadores para desentrañar la desaparición de su abuelo.

«"¿Y por qué lo mataron?" "Estoy llegando ahí. Tranquilo. Quería darte el contexto. Porque esa es una buena historia, ¿o no?"»

Antes de suicidarse, un hombre le cuenta a su hijo la verdad sobre su abuelo, o por lo menos la verdad como él la conoce: fue asesinado por los aldeanos de un pequeño pueblo de la costa atlántica llamado Garopaba, durante un baile dominical en un salón comunitario. La luz se apagó de repente, y cuando volvió el gaucho ya estaba tumbado en medio del salón, rodeado de un charco de sangre. O eso cuentan.

Ante la necesidad imperiosa de descubrir la verdad, el protagonista viaja a Garopaba junto al viejo perro que dejó su padre, y allí empieza una nueva vida. Nada en el mar todos los días, hace nuevos amigos, inicia una relación sentimental y empieza a indagar. Pero la información no llega tan fácilmente, y menos dada su extraña condición neurológica: no reconoce la cara de las personas con las que ya se ha topado. Además, la gente que conoció a su abuelo teme hablar sobre lo sucedido.

** Ganadora del prestigioso Premio São Paulo de Literatura.

La crítica ha dicho...
«Pocas veces en la novela brasileña contemporánea se ven buenos diálogos. Galera tiene un oído especial para reproducir la forma en que se expresan sus coetáneos.»
Cadão Volpato, Valor Econômico

«Una de las mejores novelas brasileñas de este año y sin duda un punto culminante en la carrera de Galera.»
Ubiratan Brasil, O Estado de S. Paulo

«Un libro lleno de tranquila desesperación.»
Breno Kümmel, As ordens da desorden

«El último libro de Daniel Galera reafirma su posición como uno de los mejores escritores de su generación. Barba empapada de sangre es excelente.»
Vinícius Jatobá, Bravo!

«Una gran e intuitiva novela donde se rememoran el abandono y la desorientación de un viaje a través de la vida y su completa soledad.»
Süddeutsche Zeitung

«Galera ha construido una extraordinaria historia familiar cuyo misterio es suficiente como para dotar de un aire casi mítico a un mundo aparentemente despojado de enigmas.»
Hessischer Rundfunk

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