Brazilian Literature in Translation Series
The series publishes translations of classic and contemporary works of Brazilian literature with an emphasis on contemporary authors.
Winning the Game and Other Stories
Winning the Game and Other Stories
Rubem Fonseca
Translated by Clifford E. Landers

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth

2013 . 208 pp. 6 x 9"
Fiction & Literature / Short Stories

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-933227-46-7
$12.99 Ebook, 978-1-933227-47-4


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.


“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.” – Thomas Pynchon

“These stories underscore the brutality of human nature – as well as the uncomfortable truth that the bleakest situations are often the best places to mine absurdity and even beauty. When Fonseca slices into the darkest chambers of men’s hearts and laughs, the result is disturbingly satisfying.” – Stephanie Reents, author of The Kissing List

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