Estevão Azevedo was born in Natal, capital of the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. He has lived in São Paulo, the largest city in the country, since he was a little boy. He began his studies in advertising, because of his desire to create, but he soon realized that what mattered to him most was creation with words. Because of his feelings for text, he migrated to journalism, the area in which he trained. But it didn’t take him long to realize that he had no vocation for writing about a truth that is merely longed for. He graduated at last in literature, an area where he could finally feel at home.
He is a Master in Brazilian literature from the School of Philosophy, Literature and Humanities of the University of São Paulo (USP), having done research on the work of the Brazilian writer Raduan Nassar, to be published in book form in 2018. He published the book of stories in 2005: O som de nada acontecendo (The Sound of Nothing Happening) for Edições K, a collection of authors from several large cities in Brazil. His first novel, Nunca o nome do menino (Never the Boy’s Name) (Terceiro Nome, 2008; Record, 2016), was a finalist for the São Paulo Prize for Literature in 2009, one of the most prestigious in the country.
He has stories published in magazines and in the anthology of Brazilian writers Popcorn unterm Zuckerhut – Junge brasilianische literatur, launched in 2013 in Germany. Tempo de espalhar pedras (A time to cast away stones) (Cosac Naify, 2014), also released in Italy and Portugal, was voted novel of the year by the São Paulo Prize for Literature 2015. Besides his work as a writer, he is an editor with experience in several publishing houses. He currently works at FTD Educação, one of the country’s largest publishers, in the edition of literature for children and young people. Besides fiction prose, he writes palindromes.