Beatriz Bracher will discuss her new novel I Didn’t Talk. Bracher will appear in conversation with Edgar Garbelotto. A Q&A and book signing will follow the discussion.
About the book:
A professor prepares to retire—Gustavo is set to move from São Paulo to the countryside, but it isn’t the urban violence he’s fleeing: what he fears most is the violence of his memory. But as he sorts out his papers, the ghosts arrive in full force. He was arrested in 1970 with his brother-in-law Armando: both were viciously tortured. He was eventually released; Armando was killed. No one is certain that he didn’t turn traitor: I didn’t talk, he tells himself, yet guilt is his lifelong harvest…
Beatriz Bracher was born in São Paulo in 1961 and she grew up under the Brazilian military dictatorship. Her memories of that time intersect with the lives of people whose friends and lovers were tortured, exiled, and killed, as well as with those who did the killing. An editor, screenwriter, and the author of six books of fiction, Bracher has won three of Brazil’s most prestigious literary awards: the Clarice Lispector Prize, the Rio Prize, and the São Paulo Prize.
Edgar Garbelotto is a writer and translator who was born in Brazil, but has lived in the U.S. for the past 20 years. His writings and translations have appeared in venues including the Kenyon Review and Asymptote. His translation of João Gilberto Noll’s novel Lord is forthcoming by Two Lines Press in February 2019. He is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Illinois. He lives in Chicago, where is working on his debut novel and a collection of short stories.