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Joyce Cavalccante

Agent: Looking for an International agent
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Email: joyce@rebra.org

Home page: http://www:JoyceCavalccante.com

MSN: joycecavalccante@hotmail.com

ACTION AND CREATION — BRAZILIAN SOUL

by Celina Leite

Situations in life, as seen through the eyes of a storyteller, can reveal powerful truths that sparks the reader’s curiosity and provide both entertainment and education. Writer Joyce Cavalcante’s fiction combines an edge of humor with perceptions on the reality of contemporary culture in Brazil.

In her lively and often hilarious literary style, Cavalccante deftly portrays the lives of women raised to do little more than pray, marry and die. There is an instinctive understanding of the surrealism and entrenched social mores in the country of her birth, which Cavalcante brings to life through the novel’s strongly drawn and recognizable main characters.

Joyce Cavalccante was born in Fortaleza, state of Ceará, in the northeast of Brazil and currently resides in Sao Paulo. She has published seven books and has collaborated on eight anthologies of short stories. Cavalccante’s works have been used in artistic presentations such as videos, performances, and plays. Speaking on Brazilian literature, she has participated in various conferences around the world, and her writing is part of university curriculums in Brazil, France and the USA. She has lectured extensively in many international universities and is currently writing a book titled Brazilian History of Female Literature.

Joyce is a board director member of RELAT - Red de Escritoras Latinoamericanas (Latin American Women Writers' Net). She is also the current president of REBRA - Rede de Escritoras Brasileiras (Brazilian Women Writers' Net.

Her writing has been praised by the critics as a work that "... innocently describes an erotic context. This innocence stems from a lack of guilt or prejudice, and a complete acceptance of pleasure and of the physical being. Joyce has worked as a stone sculptor, reducing the block to its essential core, and like a painter, symbolizing and translating the external reality into the text as if into a large canvas... There is no doubt that Joyce's latest book makes a significant contribution." (Claudio Willer, poet, translator, essayist).

Later, her fourth book, Discourse of the Absurd Woman (O Discurso da Mulher Absurda), was applauded by the critics:"This work brings together Joyce's life and literature, two things she always makes a point of merging. This book is beautifully embracing and translucent. Written by a woman as a courageous incentive to those who become intimidated by life and by the world, those who get lost in the corners and eventually give up. This book distinguishes her as one of the great writers of this maltreated country in terms of true literary creativity." (Alvaro Alves de Faria, poet and journalist).

Her novel Intimate Enemies, won the APCA (Sao Paulo Association of Art Critics) award in 1993 for best fiction. This novel combines all of her
achievements and experiences. Cavalcante's humorous approach to this intricate plot, where four women circumstantially share the same roof and lover, exposes the hidden pain in a twisted scenario of provincial life. Intimate Enemies is the first novel of a tetralogy describing the path of Brazilian society’s newfound upward mobility.

Her most recent romance is titled The Devil Sucking Mango. It is the second novel of the tetralogy she presently works. This book tells the story of a northeast Brazilian from the hinterlands, who comes to Sao Paulo, a city of 17 million inhabitants. He makes a dishonest fortune, but loses the woman he loves and part of his undeserved profits in the process.


Interests: Life in general because it is too short to be small. And literature as the best part of the life.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes

 

Published works:

Fiction

  • INTIMATE ENEMIES (INIMIGAS ÍNTIMAS) Novel
  • FREE & OBJECT (LIVRE E OBJETO) Poems in Prose
  • FROM WITHIN OUTWARD (DE DENTRO PARA FORA) Novel
  • PAULISTAS SHORT STORIES (CONTOS PAULISTAS) Anthology
  • MYSTICAL DETAILS (RETALHOS MÍSTICOS) Collection of Serigraphies and text with the artist Elvio Becheroni
  • LETTERS ON THE SUN (LETRAS AO SOL)
  • AGAINST MURMUR (CONTRA LAMÚRIA) Anthology
  • PIRANDELIAN SHORT STORIES (Contos Pirandelianos
  • THE DISCOURSE OF AN ABSURD WOMAN (O DISCURSO DA MULHER ABSURDA)
  • EVE‚S RIB (COSTELA DE EVA) Novel
  • SHORT STORIES FROM CEARA ANTHOLOGY (ANTOLOGIA DO CONTO CEARENSE)
  • “THE DEVIL SUCKING MANGO” ( O CÃO CHUPANDO MANGA)
  • BRASILIANSK LITTERATUR FRAN URSKOG TILL MEGADTAD
  • THE TALENT OF CEARA IN SHORT STORIES (O TALENTO CEARENSE EM CONTOS)
  • THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GAZE (O OUTRO LADO DO OLHAR)
  • INTIMATE ENEMIES: No Sin South of the Equator