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The Best Chronicles of Rubem Alves

by Rubem Alves, with a Foreword by Raquel Alves

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Rubem Alves is one of Brazil’s most widely read and admired writers. His passing in 2014 was mourned across the country. His warm and very human philosophy touched everyone who read his thoughts. A philosopher, theologian, and psychoanalyst, he always had an intriguing way of looking at such disparate topics as love, death, marriage, sex, music, nature, childhood, religion, sport, ritual, culture, literature, and history. He looked deeply into popcorn, ox carts, gardens, violins, record players, and other common things of secret significance.

Alves is the author of more than 40 books. Most have been translated into various languages. This collection of essays, however, has never before been translated into English. The foreword is by his daughter, Raquel Alves, and the Introduction is by Ana Lessa-Schmidt, an astute observer of Brazil culture.

To help introduce Rubem Alves to North American readers, his Best Chronicles are offered here at a special and temporary price.

Art of Love
Paintings by Colleen Hennessy
Thoughts from Rubem Alves
Paperback,  73 pages, $14.95

Art of Love is an exquisite collection of paintings and thoughts on the theme of love.

Colleen Hennessy’s bright colors and broad strokes put life into people who otherwise might appear humble or shy.

Rubem Alves, one of Brazil’s most beloved writers, uses words to put philosophical depth into the mysteries of love. The book includes three short essays and brief aphorisms for dozens of paintings.

The book is a wonderful gift for a lover. Between the dreamlike images and the philosophical insights, it helps express the inexpressible that lovers feel but cannot say.

Tender Returns

by Rubem Alves, with a Foreword by Raquel Alves

Paperback, 212 pages  $12.95  $12.00

Rubem Alves was kind enough to leave the world this precious set of brief essays before he passed away in 2014. Each one is a caress of thought, an appreciation of beauty, a peek at the mysterious, a reconsideration of the known, a sharing of sentiment.

In the 38 essays in this collection, Alves touches on envy, AIDS, writers and cooks, bullshit and politics, the time to die, the burden born by doctors, candles, the terror of the mirror, the meaning of autumn, gardens, widows, love letters, love, and so much more. Hardly an essay will fail to touch on some aspect of every reader’s life.

The essays are introduced with a foreword by the author’s daughter, who, in a style reminiscent of her father’s, reflects on her life with him.

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