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The Ethereal Being of Carbon
Cristiano Deveras is a must-read author from Goiânia: The Ethereal Being of Carbon (originally titled “Heart of Stone”) his book of letters – was edited in 2013. It is 200 pages of sheer entertainment.
The Ethereal Being of Carbon is one of the books of the writer and poet Goiano Cristiano Deveras. In twenty-one narratives of varying sizes and subjects, he surprises. His tales revolve around characters from the most diverse backgrounds and social classes, but all have one thing in common: a psychological conflict that develops in a subtle way, sometimes being perceived by the reader only at the last moment.
A clown who brings joy to all, but is not happy; a man who suffers from not knowing how to say to a woman who loves her; an unsuccessful novel told through letters; a man repenting for a kiss; the boy whose heart was of stone; the man who, in a zoo, weeps and embraces a lion; the boy who makes plans whose ends justify the means.
That’s a little of what we have in this book. Along with this, we perceive a great amount of references to literature, music, and history, which denote the author’s cultural background. Such references appear explicitly, as in the case of the first tale, Symphony of two lives in C major, that comes to quote the Balzaquian adjective to refer to a personage; or even in ways not so obvious, as in the tale Alten Teufel, which re-read the popular Goian legend about Bartolomeu Bueno da Silva, the bandeirante called Anhanguera or “Devil Old.” In the same way, we also see unusual apparitions, such as those of a biblical figure or historical personalities. The simple language, often punctuated with regionalisms or slang that adapt to the content of the narrative, then becomes very enriched. At times, the stories assume a poetic tone, full of lyricism.
Something interesting that should be emphasized about the tales are the frequent apparitions of the expression “pain of the hours”. The Deveras characters can have different backgrounds and face different conflicts as well. However, almost all are placed in situations that expose their psychological nuances, and the expression quoted here appears in several of the short stories.
A collection of 21 stories where the author highlights the structural aspects, reality being fragmented as it is, disjointed. The characters are placed in a degraded, multilayered and inhumane setting where the chaos of everyday events leads them to the disorder of existence or living in the shadows.
In 2008 this literary work received an Honorable Mention in the Literary award city of Recife
2008 was a finalist in the SESC Literature Awards
2012 Winner of the “Hugo de Carvalho Ramos” publication Scholarship, from the Brazilian Union of Writers in Goiás.
2014 awarded 2nd placed in the international competition in literature – Humberto Campos award, from the Brazilian Union of Writers, in Rio de Janeiro
This book can be purchased now in Portuguese.
We are in the process of trying to bring this young author’s published work as a writer and editor of short stories to the United States please visit our Kickstarter page and help the cause.