Brazilian Authors Series: Caroline Rodrigues

19/10/2018

In 2014, Caroline Rodrigues published her first book “Sem Vista Para o Mar” (Without a View to the Sea). The work gathers stories about various themes and won the Clarice Lispector Award, from the National Library Foundation, and the Jabuti Award – the largest award in the Brazilian publishing market. The event is yearly organized by the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL).

“Sem Vista Para o Mar” (Without a View to the Sea) (2014) was produced during a writing workshop with the Brazilian author Marcelino Freire. “During the course, he pointed out that my characters were always moving from one place to another. With that, I started working within that field of the road and the detachment. I made a trip to Presidente Prudente and the contact with the road gave life to my inspirations”, said Caroline, 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 the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).

Of the 22 stories present in the book, the most significant for the writer are “Onde Acaba o Mapa” (Where the Map Ends), which was created from a questioning about the end of the maps, and the chronicle “Sem Vista Para o Mar” (Without a View to the Sea) that gives title to the book. “I was watching the sunset on the rock at Arpoador, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, with my mother, and a child with a corn cob in her hand appeared right in front of us. It was a beautiful day and I was magnetized by the scene of that place. Two days later, I felt my retina hurt for looking so long at the sun and I kept asking myself about the act of seeing things”, she said.

Currently the writer is working on a new novel about an island where people do not talk. Without publication schedule, the narrative is inspired by a trip Caroline made to Colombia. “I visited an island that has a settlement called ‘Silêncio’ (Silence). I found this very beautiful and mysterious, because I really had the perception of quietness by observing all the people who lived in that place”, she explained.

During her career, Caroline also published the eBook “Ilhós” (Eyelets) (2017) that was born of a challenge proposed for the author: a text divided into two parts with two distinct characters living in time and space. The story features a fisherman living within the memories of a lost love and a tapestry artist who embroiders natural landscapes.

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.