©Isabel Santana Terron

Joca Reiners Terron was born in 1968 in Cuiabá, the capital city of the state of Mato Grosso. He studied architecture at the Federal University of Río de Janeiro and industrial design at the Paulista State Uni- versity. In 1998 he founded the Ciência do Acidente publishing house, where he worked as an editor and which also published his first book, a collection of poems entitled Eletroencefalodrama (1998) and hirst novel, Não há nada lá (2001), as well as his first book of poems Animal Anônimo (2002). In addition to his books, Ciência do Acidente also published other renowned authors, including Marçal Aquino, before closing its doors in 2004.

   Terron published the books of short stories Hotel Hell (2003), Curva de rio sujo (Planeta, 2003) and Sonho interrompido por guilhotina (Casa da Palavra, 2006), three novels and Guia de ruas sem saída (Edith, 2012), a graphic novel illustrated by André Ducci. In 2010 he won the Machado de Assis Award for best novel given by the National Library for Do fundo do poço se vê a lua (Companhia das Letras, 2010). His most recent novel A tristeza extraordinária do leopardo-das-neves (2013), was published in Mexico by Editorial Almadía and in Italy by Caravan Edizioni.

   He organized the collection Otra língua, which focuses on Hispanic-American authors, for which he translated Dejen todo en mis manos (Rocco, 2013), by Mario Levrero into Spanish, among other works. He also translated París no se acaba nunca (CosacNaify, 2007) by Enrique Vila-Matas and Mary Poppins (CosacNaify, 2014), in an edition illustrated by Ronaldo Fraga.

   His work as a writer also extends to theater. He was was the playwright for two works: Cedo ou tarde tudo more, directed by Haroldo Rego and Bom Retiro 958 metros, directed by Antonio Araújo and brought to stage by the Teatro da Vertigem. He has also been involved in film, with the feature-length movie Curva de rio sujo filmed by Felipe Bragança en 2015 and A tristeza extraordinária do leopar- do-das-neves, which is currently being adapted for film and will be directed by Philippe Barcinski.

   He recently finished the novel Noite dentro da noite, which won the 2012 Petrobas Cultural Grant and will be published in early 2016 by Companhia das Letras.

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