Created in 2013, the Oceanos – Portuguese Language Literature Awards, announced the name of the 60 semifinalists of the competition. From those, 33 authors are from Brazil, 16 from Portugal, 4 from Mozambique, and 1 from Cape Verde. The Oceanos 2018 will award the four best works of 2017, without distinction of literary genre. The finalists will be announced by the end of October.
Publishers supported by 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), were selected for the second phase of the competition.
Editora SESI participates with the work “Catálogo de Perdas” (Catalog of Losses), by João Anzanello Carrascoza. The book has several narratives about losses and is inspired by the collection of the Museum of Broken Relationships located in Croatia, which gathers objects from love relationships donated after the end of the relationship.
The publisher Companhia das Letras has six works as semifinalists of the award. “A Noite da Espera” (The Night of Waiting), by Milton Hatoum, is part of a trilogy that presents a family drama during the Brazilian military dictatorship. “Anjo Noturno” (Night Angel), by Sérgio Sant’Anna, presents various narratives approaching the themes of death, life, childhood, old age, passion, and love. “Câmera Lenta” (Slow motion), by Marília Garcia, brings the continuity of a research about the poetic process initiated by the author in “Teste de Resistores” (Test of Resisors). This time, Marília makes a deep analysis on the propellers of the airplane and on the will to decipher.
Literature and language, fiction and history comprise the 40 texts of “Não está mais aqui quem falou” (Never mind what was said), by Noemi Jaffe. The author presents daily narratives that transit among chronicle, poetry and prose. “Noite dentro da Noite” (Night Inside the Night), by Joca Reiners Terron, tells the story of a boy who hits his head and falls into a coma. Upon awakening, the character experiences the intense feeling that those people who care for him and who feed him are not his parents, so he loses the certainties that someone at the age of eleven may have. “Pretérito Imperfeito” (Past Imperfect), by Bernardo Kucinski, talks about the adoption of a baby by a couple who can not have babies, and the story of this family over the years.
For the first time in the history of the Award were selected three authors born in countries where Portuguese is not the official language or as a way of expression, but where it is adopted as a literary language: Romanian writer Golgona Anghel, Spanish Alfonso Pexegueiro, both published in Portugal, and the Swiss Prisca Agustoni, published in Brazil.
About Brazilian Publishers
Created in 2008, Brazilian Publishers is a 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 the Brazil’s publishing houses.