Carlos Eduardo de Magalhães

Carlos Eduardo de Magalhães was born in São Paulo in 1967 and still lives in the city, where he works as a writer and a publisher. Author of many novels and short stories, he was a semifinalist to the Oceanos Prize in 2017 with Os invisíveis (The Invisibles), and has been a guest writer at many renowned institutes around the world, such as The Ledig House (USA/2005), the Sangam House (India/2010) and the Chennai Mathematics Institute (India/2017).
Some of his short stories were published in literary magazines in the US, India, Uruguay and Bulgaria.
Interconnected stories and temporal flows make up the 14 chapters of this novel, rearranged along a timeline that follows its own necessary and surprising order. ON DEFINITIVE THINGS is a polyphonic tale built out of the deconstruction of a time and a family, and also of the deconstruction of a way of seeing and being in the world. The narrative unfolds from the wish of the retired deconstructor João Roberto da Cruz Balamaris to reveal the origin of major changes in the course of History, which he believes can be traced back to the death of Julio Dansseto, a humanist who was one of the most striking voices of the second half of the 20th Century in Brazil.

If for decades his mythic presence felt like a lighthouse beam upon the quest for social justice, it looms specter-like over this novel, its outline shaped by those around it. The day of his death, in the second decade of the 21st Century, lies at the heart of events, starting with the long conversation between his children Carlo and Rosa in the kitchen of their childhood home in Vila Pompéia, São Paulo.
Connected to Julio Dansseto, there is a web of characters, stories and relationships that is unfolded and seems to be never fully complete. Among joys and sorrows, some circles close and new ones open. Amid pain and joy, circles close for others to open, forming the dubious foundations of what comes to be called a “truth of facts”. Time goes and returns, but never ceases to flow, even when the images and sounds become trapped for centuries inside computer systems.

Publication/Status: by Record (Brazil) in May 2023. [320 pages]
Zeca lives in a tangle of routes, trips, and accidents. With a background in classical guitar, which he switched when he was a teenager to a rock band, Zeca began to dedicate himself to composing soundtracks for cinema when his eldest daughter, Carmen, was born. He embarks on a road trip from São Paulo to Petrolina (2.178.6 kilometers) in his Caranga (the way he named his car) with Carmen, now 21, Pedro, five years old, his youngest son from his second marriage, and with Mr. Oscar, his second wife’s great uncle. Mr. Oscar is a retired classical guitar teacher who has made a career at an American conservatory and wants to go to Petrolina to find Sebastião, whom, 50 years earlier, in the same remote town in that dry Northeastern hinterland, he heard playing in an audition and got deeply impressed. Instead of accepting the huge talent of the boy, he dismissed it.
Sebastião, then, became Tião Cruz do Acordem, a famous accordion player. The journey is made of many searches and stories. In a world dominated by technological impersonality and an affective coexistence restricted to satiation and self-saturation, Zeca’s accidental trip to Petrolina, with his son and daughter, triggers many questions and discoveries. In this road novel, every change that happens, in the world and in relationships, comes through music. Especially music played on guitars.

Over 40.000 copies sold.

Publication/Status: Published by Grua (Brazil) in January 2017. [176 pages]