“Book is a password for your life and for the world”. This is how Adriana Lunardi explains the importance of reading. Born in Santa Catarina State, the writer debuted with the work “As Meninas da Torre Helsinki” (The Girls of Helsink Tower) (1996), which received the Açorianos Awards (1997) in the categories of best storybook and debutant author. Then she published two books that gave her international prominence: “Vésperas” (Eve) and “Corpo Estranho” (Foreign Body).
Adriana Lunardi is the first author published in the Brazilian Authors Series, an initiative of the Brazilian Publishers, a project to foster exports of Brazilian editorial content through a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).
“Vésperas” (Eve) (2002) is a collection of novels that tells about the last days of life of writers such as Clarice Lispector, Dorothy Parker, Virginia Woolf, Colette and Katherine Mansfield. In presenting the final thoughts and gestures of the authors, Adriana creates a connection with her own work, taking her literary composition beyond the biographical facts. The work is a tribute to all those women who made the word their profession and was published in France, Croatia, Argentina and Portugal.
According to the writer, the inspiration for the book arose after she discovered how the writer Zelda Fitzgerald had died: in a fire inside a clinic where she was hospitalized, where the windows were barred. For this reason, Zelda couldn’t leave. “I came across with the profound irony of her death, because she was hospitalized there to be protected. This finding was a very big impact and I decided to write a tale about it. During production, I started to think about other authors I liked and how they had died. In this, I realized that I had a project and it was ‘Vésperas’ (Eve), she said.
“Corpo Estranho” (Foreign Body) (2008), at its turn, tells about the mourning process of a botanical illustrator. The book was published in France in 2015. “It is a novel about mourning that was written after ‘Vésperas’ (Eve) in which I approach the moment following the loss of a person. It was sort of an attempt to reflect on what would come next”, she adds.
Other publications of the writer are: “Vendedora de Fósforos” (The Match Girl) (2011), which was a finalist in the Veterans category of the São Paulo Literature Award. The work was recently adapted for the cinema and tells about the rivalry between two sisters, both readers of Hans Christian Andersen; and the juvenile fiction “A Longa Estrada dos Ossos” (The Long Road of Bones) (2014).
About the Series: Brazilian Authors
In order to stimulate knowledge about Brazilian contemporary literature, Brazilian Publishers, an industry project fostering exports of Brazilian editorial content through a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex -Brasil), created the series “Brazilian Authors”, which brings information about current national writers.
About Brazilian Publishers
Created in 2008, Brazilian Publishers is a project to foster exports of Brazilian editorial content promoted by the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil). The purpose is to promote Brazil’s publishing industry in the global market in a targeted and articulated manner, contributing to the professionalization of publishing houses.