Brazilian Authors Series: Carol Bensimon


Carol Bensimon debuted in literature with the work “Pó de Parede” (Wall Powder) (2008) and was selected for the book “Os Melhores Jovens Escritores Brasileiros” (The Best Young Brazilian Writers), published by Granta magazine in 2012. Since then, the writer has reached international readers with publications in Italy, Argentina, and Spain. The title “Todos nós adorávamos caubóis” (We All Loved Cowboys) (2013) will be released in the United States on November 6th by Transitbooks.

The narrative tells the story of two friends who decide to travel together amid personal conflicts. “I lived in Paris for two years and it was the first time that I distanced myself from Brazil. By that time, I wondered a lot about my identity, what it was like to be Brazilian and from Rio Grande do Sul. I realized that I wanted to tell something, a love story between two girls, which turned out to be a road-novel”, explained the author, who is part of the Brazilian Authors Series, an initiative of the Brazilian Publishers, an industry project to promote exports of Brazilian editorial content through a partnership between Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).

Another outstanding book in the author’s career is “Sinuca Embaixo D’água” (Snooker Under Water) (2009), which is scheduled to be published in Italy in May 2019 with the Tunue label. The protagonist of the novel appears in the story through the eyes of seven other characters who witnessed her death and were forever connected due to what happened.

Her most recent work is “O Clube dos Jardineiros de Fumaça” (The Smoke Gardener’s Club) (2017), which discusses the decriminalization of marijuana. The character Arthur is fired from the university where he works for growing marijuana to aid in the medical treatment of his mother, who has cancer. After her death, Arthur moves to Northern California on the pretext of pursuing a doctorate, but ends up getting involved in planting and dealing with the illegal drug. Crossing history and fiction, Carol presents a portrait of the hippie generation and its legacy.

During her career, Carol also published “Uma Estranha Na Cidade” (A Strange in the City) (2015), which brings a series of chronicles on topics such as, urban planning, trips, and technology, among others.

About the Series: Brazilian Authors

In order to stimulate knowledge about Brazilian contemporary literature, Brazilian Publishers – an industry project that promotes the 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 contemporary Brazilian writers.

About Brazilian Publishers

Created in 2008, Brazilian Publishers is a trade sector project that promotes the exports of content produced by Brazilian publishing houses. It is the result of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and Apex-Brasil (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency). This initiative aims to promote the Brazilian publishing industry in the global market, contributing to the professionalization of Brazil’s publishing houses.