Brazilian writer will offer reading
CHAMPAIGN — Brazilian author J.P. Cuenca and his English language translator, Elizabeth Lowe, director of the University of Illinois Center for Translation Studies, will present a reading from Cuenca's book "The Only Happy Ending for a Love Story Is an Accident" from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday at the Author's Corner at the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St.
Set in Tokyo in a not-too-distant future, the novel tells the story of Shunsuke, a salary man, and his complicated relationship with his mad poet father Mr. Okuda, whose hobby is spying on his son.
When Shunsuke falls in love with Iulana, a maelstrom of jealousy is set in motion that culminates in abduction and death.
The discussion Monday among the author, translator and audience will focus on new trends in Brazilian literature. Cuenca, who's written three novels so far, was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1978. In 2012, Granta magazine included him in its list of the 29 best Brazilian writers under 40.