A Cidade Inventada (2nd Edition) by Cristovão Tezza

By Cristovão Tezza

About the author:

Cristovão Tezza was once born in Lages, within the southern Brazilian country of Santa Catarina, in 1952. he's the writer of thirteen novels, released in 7 languages, and the winner of many literary prizes, together with the Jabuti Prize, the Portugal-Telecom Award, the São Paulo Literature Award, Petrobrás Literature Award, Brazilian Academy of Letters, São Paulo artwork Critics' organization Award, the Zaffari & Bourbon Prize, Bravo, France's Charles Brisset Award, and a nomination for the 2012 IMPAC-Dublin Award. short area among colour and colour used to be the winner of the 1998 Brazilian nationwide Library's Machado de Assis Award.

Sobre o livro:

"A cidade inventada", uma coletânea de contos, foi o primeiro livro de Cristovão Tezza. Escrito em 1975, em Portugal, foi publicado em 1980 pela CooEditora, de Curitiba.
O presente lançamento, exclusivo em formato electronic, traz a edição unique essential, acrescida de um prefácio do autor - "Um 'selfie' literário" -, comentando o que o livro significou em sua formação literária.

A edição inclui também um conto inédito, "A criança dos túmulos", que fazia parte do projeto unique mas havia ficado fora da coletânea, e o conto "Os telhados de Coimbra", escrito na mesma época, e que foi o primeiro texto de Tezza publicado em livro (em 1978 ele participou da antologia "Assim escrevem os paranenses", pela Editora Alfa-Omega).

"(...) em 'A Cidade Inventada', temos um rodar de temas ligados a mulheres, prostitutas que levam homens desprovidos de vontade, ao casamento transgredido, às lembranças da infância, aos conflitos individuais, ao desentendimento entre amantes, e até ao problema da literatura e seu conceito. Os contos de Tezza dão a impressão de ensaios para projetos mais profundos, como um músico que toca aquelas peças de praxe, que apesar de simples, mostram a qualidade do instrumentista. Esperamos que ele chegue a nos dar um concerto."
Milton José de Almeida - Jornal Leia Livros (São Paulo, out/nov de 1980)

"Era um trabalho de aprendizagem, escrito com a determinação juvenil de aprimorar meu texto linha a linha, numa oficina obstinada. ecu sentia uma distância enorme entre o tamanho dos meus sonhos literários e seu resultado prático. É um abismo que todo escritor sentirá até sua última página – mas escrever estes contos representou minha primeira tentativa realmente séria de aproximar uma coisa da outra, na viagem de Sísifo de quem escreve."
Cristovão Tezza, no prefácio do book ("Um 'selfie' literário").

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I’m not trying to play psychologist but to explain how I came to lose half of my crew on the first trip out. The technicians were the first to go, after they were turned into boozers by the radiotelegraph operator, a shrimp of a mestizo who knew every trick of the bootlegger’s trade—sealed plastic pouches hidden inside canisters, that sort of thing. The early space pioneers would have been shocked. Beats me how they could have believed that any man placed in orbit automatically became an angel.

All lost. No ship, no trace, nothing. I lunged for the screens. That goddamned baggage train! Oh, how I wanted to dump Le Mans’s treasures and take off. Where to? I wasn’t sure myself. Direction Aquarius, I think—but I couldn’t just aim for a constellation! Still? If I radioed the sector, gave the approximate speed and course data…? It was my duty as a pilot, my first and foremost duty, if I could still do anything at all. I took the elevator to midships, to the radio room. I foresaw everything: the call to Luna Central, requesting priority for future transmissions of the utmost urgency, which were sure to be taken by the controller on duty, not by one of their computers.

A hundred meters higher, the face was cleaved by a vein of diabase—red-tinted, brighter than granite—that bulged above the surface and snaked across the flank, like a trail of varying width. Pirx’s eyes were held in thrall by the summit’s sublime outline, though as they climbed higher, and, as was usual with a mountain viewed from below, it receded farther, and the abrupt foreshortenings broke it up into a series of overlapping planes, the base lost its former flatness, and columns sprang up—a wealth of faults, shelves, aimlessly winding chimneys, a chaos of old fissures, an anarchy of cluttered accretion, momentarily illumined by the top now gilded by the sun’s first rays, fixed and strangely placid, then once more swallowed by shadow.

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