Glory and Its Litany of Horrors

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Glory and its Litany of Horrors, by Fernanda Torres - 9781632061126.jpg

Glory and Its Litany of Horrors




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List Price: $17.99 • ISBN: 9781632061126 • Publication: 7/23/2019 • 5" x 7.125" • 224 pages • Fiction: [subgenre] / [subgenre] • Territory: World • eBook ISBN: 9781632061133

From celebrated Brazilian actress and bestselling author of The End Fernanda Torres comes a hilarious send-up of the art and artifice of acting, in which a fading star of stage and screen’s disastrous turn as King Lear sends him into a tragicomic tailspin.

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As an actor, Mario Cardoso has everything going for him: acclaim, an elevated lifestyle, artistic achievement. His apex will be staging a production of Shakespeare’s masterpiece King Lear. Everything is going brilliantly until, seeing his co-star dressed as chicken with a diaper, he breaks down in hysterical laughter, and does so again in each subsequent performance.

Mario’s troubles worsen when he receives a call reporting that his mother has been found unconscious on a beach in Rio. He abandons Lear and returns to her—and enters a swirl of family drama he’d determined to leave behind. His first shot at recovering his career comes in the guise of a biblical role in an evangelical TV station’s production of a soap opera: Sodoma. He has a torrid affair, finds love, and lands a deal with the country’s biggest TV network for steady work in soap operas. Mario’s new life brings fame and money that theater could never match—but compromises he’s made in the past come snarling back to bite him, and his next stage set will be one he never anticipated.

With the wicked humor and fleet-footed pace that made her novel The End a runaway bestseller in Brazil and a critical hit in the U.S., Fernanda Torres’s Glory and its Litany of Horrors is a wise and funny send-up of a generation that witnessed their ideas of art fall into the hands of the market, and their ideas of the future proven to be as illusory as theater.



The End, a riotous, sex-stuffed novel by Torres, which takes Technicolor pleasure in detailing the deaths of five incorrigible old beach bums of the Bossa Nova generation…. Her five men, whom she kills off in reverse chronology, are ‘united by male allegiance, women, and the beach, in that order’.... With America undergoing a mass reckoning with male sexuality, a novel like this feels both taboo and gleeful, a guilty kind of reprieve.”

—Hermione Hoby, The New Yorker

“The intense but tenuous bonds of male friendship give shape and structure to this energetic, impressive debut from acclaimed Brazilian actress Torres. Set against the vivid backdrop of Copacabana, the episodic novel follows five contentious and devoted friends—Ciro, Silvio, Neto, Alvaro, and Ribeiro—from the hedonistic nights of their youth to the humbling days of old age. Beginning with the violent death of Alvaro, the group’s last surviving member, the story meticulously works it way back through the complicated lives of each friend, culminating with the operatic death of Ciro, who retains a spark of youth until his last moments. Torres paints a sharp, intimate portrait of male sexuality and psychology (including the experience of aging), illuminating the friends’ profound differences (such as between the decadent Silvio and the meeker Ribeiro) while never undermining the believability of their connection. As assured as the characterizations of the central characters are the investigations of the men and women who surround them, the wives who abide their exploits and the priests who speak at their funerals. The narration and momentum remain lively and sharp throughout.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Set in Rio de Janeiro, this fine literary debut from one of Brazil’s most distinguished actors tells the stories of five men as they approach their inevitable (and in some cases premature) ends. By turns tragic and hilarious, the novel is about friendship, betrayal and excess, and about male fury against the ravages of old age.”

—Angel Gurría-Quintana, Financial Times

The End is the perfect summer release. Torres creates an aging, male Carioca friend group that is a mess of cynicism, nostalgia, frustration, and a seemingly unending appetite for sex. This book is raunchy, sophisticated, and so wonderfully Brazilian. I devoured this book in one sitting. Parabens Fernanda!!!”

—Daniela Roger, Books & Books (Coral Gables, FL)

"The year of 2013 would have been worth it for Fernanda Torres' novel alone. How beautiful it is to see an authentic literary talent emerge so clearly…. In her debut The End, she goes beyond just being a good writer. Her tone is so well crafted."

—Caetano Veloso

“You think you see The End coming—or the ending coming—but Fernanda Torres has other plans for you on this journey.  Torres presents five friends—fairly flawed, tragic clowns—and their views on life and those around them as they try to navigate their lives and deaths. This novel is a funny, smart, well conceived, and perfectly executed playful look at mortality.”

—Nick Buzanski, Book Culture (New York, NY)

“Famed actress Fernanda Torres’s debut novel, The End, is a brutally unflinching look at the lifelong friendships of five aging male friends and the women in their lives.… [Torres has an] agile hand at establishing voice, pacing, and tone. Hers is strong, economical prose.… The machismo of each character is impressively rendered.… The End is vivid and irascible as it confronts the reality of aging, regrets, and death.”

—Monica Carter, Foreword Reviews, Five-Heart Review

“Torres’ writing [has] flair and wit… [an] unforgiving portrait of men at their worst.”




© Bob Wolfenson

© Bob Wolfenson

Fernanda Torres was born in 1965 in Rio de Janeiro. The daughter of actors, she was raised backstage. Fernanda has built a solid career as an actress and dedicated herself equally to film, theater, and TV since she was 13 years old, and has received many awards, including Best Actress at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. Over the last twenty years, she has written and collaborated on film scripts and adaptations for theater. She began to write regularly for newspapers and magazines in 2007 and is now a columnist for the newspaper Folha de São Pauloand the magazine Veja-Rio and contributes to the magazine Piauí. Her debut novel, The End, has sold more than 200,000 copies in Brazil.



© Eric M.B. Becker

© Eric M.B. Becker

Eric M. B. Becker is a writer, literary translator, and editor of Words without Borders. He is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Commission, and the Louis Armstrong House Museum. In 2014, he earned a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for his translation of a collection of short stories from the Portuguese by Neustadt Prize for International Literature winner and 2015 Man Booker International Finalist Mia Couto.. He has also published translations of numerous writers from Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa. His work has appeared in the New York TimesThe Literary HubFreeman’s, and Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, among other publications. He has served on the juries of the ALTA National Translation Award and the PEN Translation Prize.