Translated by Alex Ladd
Still relatively unknown in the United States, Nelson Rodrigues (1912 -1980) is considered by many to be Brazil's greatest playwright. The stories in this collection are gathered from his newspaper column, A Vida Como Ela É (Life As It Is), written in the 1950s. These stories have since been adapted for theater, television and cinema.
Strange and unnerving puzzle pieces, Rodrigues's stories follow a wide swath of characters in Rio de Janeiro. Brutally funny, yet full of sorrow and outrage, these stories deliver a masterful blend of sinister humor and profound tragedy. Rodrigues exposes the psychological fragility of the middle class and peels back the curtains of polite society to reveal the true lives of his sordid characters.
Available in English for the first time, Life As It Is provides a beguiling showcase for the mordant wit and biting insights of one of the twentieth century's most singular talents.
9" x 6"