It was in the week that Lygia Fagundes Telles died that I recorded the conversation with Marcelino Freire. As it could not be otherwise, the passage of the author of “As Meninas” was part of the conversation. But that’s not why I invited Marcelino to be here on the podcast.
A cultural agitator, a reference in the training of writers and one of the main authors in Brazil at the beginning of this century, he has new work in the area. I’m talking about “Seleta – Por Pior que Pareça” (José Olympio), a collection of stories previously published in other books and selected by the author himself, who usually says he writes to get revenge, writes under violence.
Marcelino did not bother to create rigid methods to arrive at the selected stories. He chose another path: he chose those stories that people most ask him to read, to talk about.
“Follow my Seleta. As bad as it may seem”, he wrote gaily as he sent the material to the publisher. The 21 short stories serve as an overview of the author’s characteristics. Orality, theater marks, sexuality and the great diversity of characters are there.
In the chat Marcelino also spoke about the importance of the writer having a certain detachment from his work, from the carving of his own style, from the Literary Ballad, an event he created and organized since 2006, from tips for fellow writers and from life that is not macho at all, but female.
The photo of Marcelino Freire used in the art of the podcast was made by Marco Fiol/ Navega Cursos.
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