Moldy Strawberries


Translated from by

Published: Coming May 17, 2022


ISBN: 9781953861207 eISBN:9781953861214
This item will be released on May 17, 2022.


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Book Description

In eighteen exhilarating stories, Caio Fernando Abreu navigates a Brazil transformed by the AIDS epidemic and stifling military dictatorship of the ’80s. 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 grows into a “strange and secret harmony.” One man desires another but fears that their complot might crumble with one clumsy word or gesture. Junkies, failed revolutionaries, poets, and conflicted artists face threats at every turn. But, inwardly ferocious and resilient, they heal. For Abreu there is beauty on the horizon, mingled with the light of memory and decay.

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.
Publishers Weekly

Caio Fernando Abreu’s Moldy Strawberries introduces one of Brazil’s most important and original prose writers to English language readers. Translated with expert nuance and brio by Bruna Dantas Lobato, Abreu’s collection depicts the almost forgotten world of 1980s Brazil, a world shaped by military dictatorship, AIDS, and economic crisis, filtered through a rich and multilayered queer sensibility. You will want to add this startling collection to your bookshelf.
John Keene

Sweaty and beautiful, profound and masterfully translated, this marvelous collection of stunning fictions could not be more irresistible.
Rikki Ducornet

Abreu's writing teems with the desperate and dispirited, beatific loners who are propelled by a gravitational hunger for some shred of authenticity or understanding, for intimate correspondence with another. There are monumental truths to be found in each of these stories, drifting amid the queasy weightlessness of oblivion and craving acknowledgement. Moldy Strawberries is an act of unshakeable compassion.
Justin Walls

Caio Fernando's work is made of gulps of feelings . . . The book maintains a strong unity when speaking of the courage it takes to undress the loyalty of our most intimate and most terrible feelings, and the difficulty of being.
José Castello

Caio is like this: a writer who writes all that he feels and always seeks—and finds—the truth.
Hilda Hilst

For Abreu, writing is a form of salvation: from madness, from death, from invisibility, and, especially, from the self.
Bruna Dantas Lobato

Books like Moldy Strawberries fulfill what Caio said was a writer's purpose: to create a sort of "biography of emotions" of their time.
Michel Laub, Valor

Reading or rereading Moldy Strawberries is an experience that cannot be merely beautiful. You must also feel its historical complicity.
Schneider Carpeggiani, Suplemento Pernambuco

Caio was a man of immediacy, he never searched for eternity. With writing that was based on his own experiences, he wound up offering a timeless testimonial of what happens to people during times of oppression.
Alexandre Vidal Porto, Suplemento Pernambuco

Caio is very visceral. He writes about anguish, fear, and despair.
Alice Sant'Anna

Caio is one of those authors who is picked up by every generation.
Ítalo Moriconi

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Abreu’s work [is] at once satirical and tender, silly and serene; it begins in darkness and ends advancing toward light.
Jane Giles, The New York Times

The late Brazilian author’s feisty prose is reminiscent of both Reinaldo Arenas and Manuel Puig [...]. An insidiously rich and disturbing fiction, the work of a remarkable writer who died much too soon.
Kirkus Reviews