Carlos Henrique Schroeder
Carlos Henrique was born on June 9, 1978, in Trombudo Central, province of Santa Catarina, in the South of Brazil (between the Atlantic Ocean and Argentina). He has published several books, including short stories, novels and plays, the following works in particular: RG and Other Plays, a collection of his plays, which won the Elisabete Anderle Award 2009; the compilation of short stories As certezas e as palabras (Certainties and Words), a work that won the Clarice Lispector Prize of the Fundação Biblioteca Nacional in 2010, and his best known book, As fantasias eletivas (The elective fantasies), published in Brazil in 2014 by editora Record and in Spain in 2016 by Maresia Libros. The book joins prose, poetry and photography to reflect on solitude and literary creation, and shows how real literature is above all made of blood.
For the literary critic Antonio Sáez Delgado, from El Pais Spain, “ Las fantasías electivas is a plural book that opens the door for us to a singular work in current Ibero-American writing.” The book was recommended reading for the entrance exams to the universities of Santa Catarina province in 2016 and 2017 and was voted best novel of the year 2014 by the Academy of Letters of Santa Catarina. It was also semifinalist of the Oceanos Itaú Cultural transnational Award. Another highlight is História da chuva (History of rain) (Record, 2015), a work contemplated by the Petrobras Cultural scholarship and chosen as one of the 1,001 Brazilian works to read before dying on the website by the same name.
His most recent books received reviews and highlights in the main Brazilian newspapers: O Globo, Folha de São Paulo, Revista Cult, Revista Época, Jornal Rascunho, Gazeta do Povo, Estado de Minas, among others. He has stories translated into English, German, Spanish and Icelandic.
The writer’s activities to boost the dissemination of books and reading are also outstanding. In 2016 he received the Cruz e Sousa Medal from the government of the Province of Santa Catarina, the highest cultural honor, for his many services rendered to books and reading. He is editor-in-chief of Pessoa magazine, in São Paulo, the only publication dedicated to the dissemination of Portuguese-speaking literature in the country since 2014. He has written the literature column of the Diário Catarinense newspaper every Wednesday since 2014.