“The Dark Side of Skin”, written by Jeferson Tenório and published by Companhia das Letras in 2020, gets a Swedish edition


After being translated into English, the award-winning novel by Brazilian writer Jeferson Tenório, “The Dark Side of Skin”, has been published in Sweden by Tranan. Addressing themes such as racism, prejudice, and social issues, the book tells the story of Pedro, who, after the death of his father, murdered in a disastrous police approach, sets out to recover his family’s past and retrace his father’s footsteps. In 2021, the work won Brazil’s most prestigious literary prize, the Jabuti Award, in the Literary Novel category.

Jeferson Tenório is a Brazilian writer, professor, and researcher currently residing in Porto Alegre. Renowned for his impactful literary works, Tenório’s debut novel, “O Beijo na Parede” (The Kiss on the Wall, 2013), was honored as the Book of the Year by the Gaúcha Writers Association. His decision to delve into writing originated from personal encounters with violent police interventions, aiming to confront racism prevalent in the Southern region and across Brazil.

Tranan made its entry into the publishing world in 1992 and has since launched over 300 foreign literature titles, translated into Swedish from more than 35 languages. Committed to expanding the Swedish publishing market and fostering linguistic and geographical diversity, the publisher focuses on regions often overlooked by other Swedish publishing houses, including Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

The list of distinguished authors published by Tranan in Swedish includes names such as Chinua Achebe, Jorge Luis Borges, Clarice Lispector, Roberto Bolaño, Thomas Bernhard, Federico García Lorca, Jamaica Kincaid, Kamel Daoud, Salim Barakat, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and others. A notable feature is the series of short story anthologies called “Berättarserien” (The Story Series), showcasing authors from 25 countries like Cambodia, Egypt, and Brazil, providing Swedish readers access to a diverse array of literary talents.

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About CBL

Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) is a non-profit association, representing publishers, booksellers, distributors, and other professionals in the sector. For 77 years it has been working on several fronts, always with the aim of promoting access to books and the democratization of reading throughout the country, besides promoting Brazilian literature in the international market. Since March 2020, CBL is the National Agency of the ISBN and, in the same period, it has launched a digital platform, which brings together its services in an integrated and dynamic way. Another powerful performance of the entity is linked to a relations agenda with the most diverse public and governmental spheres to discuss important guidelines and policies for the sector. All its actions are elaborated with a strategic and sensitive vision of those who believe in the transforming power of books for society.

About ApexBrasil

The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil) works to promote Brazilian products and services abroad and attract foreign investments to strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy. In order to achieve its goals, ApexBrasil carries out several trade promotion initiatives aimed at promoting Brazilian products and services abroad, such as prospective and trade missions, business rounds, support to the participation of Brazilian companies in major international fairs, visits of foreign buyers and opinion makers to learn about the Brazilian productive structure, among other business platforms that also aim at strengthening the Brazil brand.