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Maurício de Almeida



Campinas, 1982. With a degree in anthropology, Maurício is the author of Beijando Dentes (Kissing Teeth) (Record, 2008), winner of the 2007 SESC Prize for Literature in the story category, and of the novel A Instrução da Noite (The Instruction of the Night) (Rocco, 2016). He is found in the collections Como se não houvesse Amanhã (As If there was no Tomorrow) (Record, 2010), O Livro Branco (The White Book) (Record, 2012), Desassossego (Uneasiness) (2014), and A extração da pedra da loucura (Cutting the Stone) (Egalaxia, 2014).

He contributes to websites and magazines with reviews and articles about literature, theater and music. His stories have been published in various magazines and newspapers, and there are Spanish translations in Machado de Assis Magazine and English versions in Contemporary Brazilian Short Stories.

In partnership with journalist John Nunes, he wrote the pieces Transparência da Carne (The Transparency of the Flesh) (staged by the República Cênica [Scenic Republic] group, from Campinas), No meio da Noite (In the Middle of the Night), Verão (Summer), Streaming e Arthur & Paul (Streaming and Arthur & Paul), yet to be published. With the filmmaker Caue Nunes, he wrote the script of the short film 3×4, winner of the regional short category in the 4th Paulínia Film Festival in 2011, and the short film Ao redor da mesa (Around the Table) (based on the author’s homonymic story and accepted in the Cannes “Short Film Corner” session).

His debut novel A instrução da noite was the winner in 2017 of the São Paulo Prize for Literature in the over 40 Debut Author category. In his novel, Almeida very skillfully weaves the psychological drama each character goes through in his intricate