Brazilian Literature in Translation Series
The series publishes translations of classic and contemporary works of Brazilian literature with an emphasis on contemporary authors.
The Only Happy Ending for a Love Story Is an Accident
The Only Happy Ending for a Love Story Is an Accident
João Paulo Cuenca
Translated by Elizabeth Lowe

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth

2013 . 152 pp. 6 x 9"
Fiction & Literature

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-933227-54-2
$18.99 Ebook, 978-1-933227-55-9


"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

João Paulo Cuenca is a surprising transnational voice in Brazilian literature whose central theme of cultural otherness urges his audience to rethink globalization in more carefully defined, more humanistic terms

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, this disturbing, kaleidoscopic story of voyeurism and perversion draws the reader in from the very first page.


“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

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

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