The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2013

Publication of Winning the Game and Other Stories by Rubem Fonseca

Winning the Game and Other Stories
Publication of Winning the Game and
Other Stories
by Rubem Fonseca

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, in partnership with the University Press of New England (UPNE), announces the publication of Winning the Game and Other Stories by Rubem Fonseca, translated by Clifford E. Landers. With an unflinching, unsentimental eye and a soupçon of black humor, Fonseca chronicles the foibles, manias, and obsessions of the people of Brazil's metropolises.

In these seventeen stories by one of Brazil’s foremost living authors, Fonseca introduces readers – with unsurpassed candor and keenness of observation – to a kaleidoscopic, often disturbing world. A hunchback sets his lascivious sights on seducing a beautiful woman. A wealthy businessman hires a ghost writer, with unexpected results. A family of modern-day urban cannibals celebrates a bizarre rite of passage. A man roams the nocturnal streets of Rio de Janeiro in search of meaning. A male ex-police reporter writes an advice column under a female pseudonym. A prosperous entrepreneur picks up a beautiful girl in his Mercedes only to discover his costly mistake. A loser elaborates a lethal plan to become, in his mind, a winner.

Thomas Pynchon praises Fonseca: “The best thing in the work of Rubem Fonseca is not knowing where he’s going to take us. Every time I start a book of his it’s as if I answered a phone call in the middle of the night: ‘Hi, it’s me. You’re not going to believe what’s happening.’ Well, maybe not at first, but soon I’m believing everything. His writing performs miracles, it’s mysterious. Each of his books is not only a worthwhile journey: it’s a journey in some way necessary.

Rubem Fonseca is the winner of the Prémio Camões (2003), the most prestigious literary prize for Portuguese language literature, the FIL Guadalajara prize (2003), and the inaugural Iberoamericano Manuel Rojas prize (2012). His critically-acclaimed novel Crimes of August is forthcoming from Tagus Press. Clifford E. Landers has translated fifteen novels from the Portuguese.

Winning the Game and Other Stories is the first volume of the Brazilian Literature in Translation series published by Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, the publishing arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. The publication of Winning the Game and Other Stories was sponsored in part by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture/National Library Foundation.

For more information, please contact Mario Pereira, Managing Editor of Tagus Press at 508-999-8255 or To purchase the volume, please visit the UPNE website by clicking here.