Almino-1
2015 Longlist

Free City

Translated from the Portuguese by Rhett McNeil
artwork-image

ABOUT
THE BOOK

Free City is master storyteller João Almino’s third novel to focus on the city of Brasília in the social swirl of its early years. João Almino is a master storyteller and one of the leading Portuguese authors. Free City is rich narrative, both real and symbolic, when contractors, corporate profiteers, idealists, politicians, mystical sects, and even celebrities mingled-Aldous Huxley, Fidel Castro, Andre Malraux, John Dos Passos, Elizabeth Bishop, and many others. Putting past and present into direct conflict, the story takes the form of a blog, even incorporating comments from other bloggers, each with their vested interests, each with new reasons for spinning fictions of their own.

Free City is brilliant. Brasilia was always a mystery to me when hearing about it growing up and now it is much less so and yet in a way beset with new mysteries. João Almino has put the city on the literary map, and in his Borgesian/anthropological/passionate way.” -Lorrie Moore, author of A Gate at the Stairs.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR João
Almino

Brazilian novelist and diplomat João Almino has written three volumes of essays and five of philosophy in addition to his five novels Brasilia Quintet, of which Dalkey has published the last two, The Book of Emotions and Free City.  He has taught at Berkeley, Stanford, UNAM, the University of Brasilia, and the University of Chicago.  Among other awards, Almino won the 2003 Casa de las Américas Award for The Five Seasons of Love and the 2011 Prêmio Passo Fundo Zaffari and Bourbon de Literatura for Free City.

Brazilian novelist and diplomat João Almino has written three volumes of essays and five of philosophy in addition to his five novels Brasilia Quintet, of which Dalkey has published the last two, The Book of Emotions and Free City.  He has taught at Berkeley, Stanford, UNAM, the University of Brasilia, and the University of Chicago.  Among other awards, Almino won the 2003 Casa de las Américas Award for The Five Seasons of Love and the 2011 Prêmio Passo Fundo Zaffari and Bourbon de Literatura for Free City.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Rhett
McNeil

Rhett McNeil has translated work by António Lobo Antunes, Gonçalo M. Tavares, A. G. Porta, and Machado de Assis, all for Dalkey Archive Press.
Rhett McNeil has translated work by António Lobo Antunes, Gonçalo M. Tavares, A. G. Porta, and Machado de Assis, all for Dalkey Archive Press.

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

João Almino is a master storyteller and one of the leading Portuguese authors. Free City is rich narrative, both real and symbolic.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
03/10/2013
Country
Brazil
Original Language
Portuguese
Author
Publisher
Dalkey Archive Press
Translator
Rhett McNeil
Translation
Translated from the Portuguese by Rhett McNeil

RELATED FEATURES

News March 25 2024

Discover the 2024 Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

Discover which 6 books made it to the shortlist, one of world’s most valuable literary prizes!
News January 16 2024

2024 Longlist Revealed

Novels by four Irish authors are among the 70 books nominated by 80 libraries around the world!
News November 28 2023

2024 Dublin Literary Award Judges Announced

Meet our judging panel for 2024 Dublin Literary Award
Video June 2 2023

Highlights from the 2023 Dublin Literary Award Ceremony

Katja Oskamp and translator Jo Heinrich win the prize for Marzahn, Mon Amour.

STAY CONNECTED

Stay in touch and sign up to our newsletter to receive all the latest news and updates on the Dublin Literary Award.