9781632061218

The End

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  • ISBN13:

    9781632061218

  • ISBN10:

    163206121X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-07-11
  • Publisher: Restless Books

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Summary

The bracing debut novel from renowned Brazilian film star Fernanda Torres that tells the story of five aging male friends reflecting on their days of hedonism in Rio’s Copacabana, and the hilariously grim realities of getting old.

The End centers on five friends in Rio de Janeiro who, nearing the end of their lives, are left with memories—of parties, marriages, divorces, fixations, inhibitions, bad decisions—and the physical indignities of aging. Alvaro lives alone and spends his time going from doctor to doctor and bemoaning the evils of his ex-wife. Silvio is a junkie who can’t give up the excesses of sex and drugs even in his old age. Ribeiro is an athletic beach bum enjoying a prolonged sex life thanks to Viagra. Neto is the square member of the group, a faithful husband until his last days. And Ciro is the Don Juan envied by all—but the first to die, struck down by cancer. For all of them, successful careers, personal revelations, and Zen serenity are out of the question, blocked by a seemingly insurmountable wall of frustrations. Orbiting around them are a priest questioning his vocation and a cast of complicated women, neglected and embattled by these self-involved men.

Edgy and wise, this tragicomic debut delves into taboo subjects—death, infidelity, impotence, the difficulties of marriage—with unsentimental honesty, and brings Rio and these characters to life in full color.

Author Biography

Fernanda Torres was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1965. She is an actress and writer. She has enjoyed a successful career in the theatre, cinema and on television for thirty-five years and has received many awards, including Best Actress at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. She is a columnist for the newspaper Folha de São Paulo and the magazine Veja-Rio and contributes to the magazine Piauí. The End is her first novel.

Alison Entrekin has translated a number of works by Brazilian and Portuguese authors, including Clarice Lispector, Paulo Lins, and Chico Buarque.

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