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 - 2014

J.P. Cuenca Book Tour

Another City Upon a Hill: A New
The Only Happy Ending for a Love
Story is an
Accident by Brazilian author
J.P. Cuenca

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, in partnership with the University Press of New England (UPNE), announces the publication of The Only Happy Ending for a Love Story is an Accident by Brazilian author J.P. Cuenca. The novel, translated from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Lowe, was featured at the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair, where Brazil was the country of honor.

Set in Tokyo in a not-too-distant future, this novel tells the story of Shunsuke, a salary man, and his complicated relationship with his mad poet father, Mr. Okuda, whose hobby is spying on his son. When Shunsuke falls in love with Iulana, a maelstrom of jealousy is set in motion that culminates in abduction and death. In poetic and imaginative language, Cuenca subtly interweaves reality and fiction, creating a dreamlike world whose palpable characters, including a silicone doll, leave a lasting impression. Written like a crime novel, full of odd events and reminiscent of Haruki Murakami’s work, this disturbing, kaleidoscopic story of voyeurism and perversion draws the reader in from the first page.

Beginning this week, JP Cuenca will embark on an ambitious month-long book tour at major universities across the United States. The author will speak at UCLA (Feb. 12), Stanford University (Feb. 13), Princeton University (Feb. 18), Yale University (Feb. 19), and Brown University (Feb. 20), with additional engagements scheduled for New York University, the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and Indiana University.

Praise for The Only Happy Ending for a Love Story is an Accident:

“There is one young author I really like: João Paulo Cuenca.”—Chico Buarque

"Insightful yet relentless: A novel about Japan that easily matches Haruki Murakami’s mastery. Not every author is granted the skill to unveil the cultural code of a foreign world the way Cuenca does."—Marko Martin, Deutschlandradio Kultur

“A real treat.”—Jornal de Negócios

“With his third novel, João Paulo Cuenca confirms his status as a rising star of Brazilian literature.”—Courrier international

"The rising star of Brazilian literature is João Paulo Cuenca. He has liberated Brazilian literature from its atavistic tendencies and opened up worlds that its writers have never adventured into before."—André Clavel, L'Express

JP Cuenca, a prolific and influential writer and public intellectual, was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1978. He is the author of three novels—Corpo Presente (2003), O dia Mastroiannni (2007), O único final feliz para uma história de amor é um acidente (2010)—and a play titled Terror. In 2007 he was selected by the Hay Festival and the Bogotá Capital Mundial del Libro as one of the 39 most distinguished young authors of Latin America, and in 2012 he was named by Granta Magazine as one of the most important Brazilian writers.

Elizabeth Lowe is Professor and Director of the Center for Translation Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was recognized by the Brazilian Academy of Letters for lifetime achievement in the translation of Brazilian literature, and has lectured on translation at universities around the world.

The Only Happy Ending for a Love Story is an Accident is published in the Brazilian Literature in Translation series edited by João Cezar de Castro Rocha. The publication of The Only Happy Ending for a Love Story is an Accident was sponsored in part by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture/National Library Foundation. Tagus Press is the publishing arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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: