Paulo Otávio Barreiros Gravina
My second book was recently published, the fantasy story A Fábula do Príncipe Narseu (“The Fable of Prince Narseu”), which consists of a world, built with a map and a language of its own, where prince Narseu is born, but he doesn’t know that he is the son of the deceased king.
What I Write
They are among us
I am driving on the road. It is night. The road is deserted.
|What I Write||
Short stories, novels, essays, poetry. Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction (including the Writing Sample above) and Literature in general.
My name is Paulo Otávio Barreiros Gravina — Brazilian, age 35. I have Economics degree and master’s degree in Brazilian Literature at PUC-Rio University. In my master’s degree, I have studied the works of a Brazilian writer called José J. Veiga, one of the most important of the fantasy genre in Brazil. Currently, I work as teacher of literary writing and director-general of the archives at Centro Dom Vital, in Rio de Janeiro. There I take care of the library and organize literary and cultural events. One of which will be a gathering and exhibition with panels including the history of fantasy literature in Brazil and presentations by important brazilian fantasy writers and scholars, such as Enéias Tavares, Luiz Felipe Vasques and Octavio Aragão, to be held in 2019.
In terms of my literary production, my texts have already been published in magazines and in academic publications. In 2014, four of my texts have appeared in the exhibition Espace Urbain, held in Paris (France). My short story “Cárceres” (“Captives”) was published in the horror anthology Das trevas (“From darkness”), in 2017. That same year, I published my first book: Que Brazil é esse? (“Which Brazil is this?”), combining and analyzing a large variety of sentences about Brazil from foreigners. Because of this book, I have gained recognition and participated in lectures, debates and radio shows, in Brazil and abroad. After that, along 2018, I published two Science Fiction short stories, “E no princípio era a ordem…” (“And in the beginning was order…”) and “O tempo dentro da pele” (“Time inside the skin”), in volumes 6 and 7, respectively, of the prestigious anthology Mundos (“Worlds”). The second short story was also published in later in the anthology A Máquina Consciencial: Contos de Ficção Científica (“The Consciousness Machine: Science Fiction Short Stories”). Another text, “Um continho de Natal” (“A Christmas little story”) was included in the anthology «Luz de Natal» (“Christmas Light”), released in the end of 2018.
I am currently working for publishing houses in Brazil as editor, organizer and reviser of the following books: the fantasy short stories of Machado de Assis, one of Brazil’s most important and recognized writers, and a reunion of articles wrote at Blog Perspectiva Crítica, a blog with political and social studies visited by many people from all over the world.
I also work as editor by my own and had the opportunity to publish Edgar Allan Poe’s Eureka, which I also translated, including amazing illustrations and an introduction from an important physicist and astronomer, Alexandre Cherman. The second book which I translated and edited was Preface to Shakespeare, by Samuel Johnson, including great illustrations and a preface by José Roberto de Castro Neves, an important Shakespeare scholar and enthusiast in Brazil. I am also working to publish other important books which never came to Brazil, at least not in good editions: Esthetics, by Baumgarten; Être et Avoir, by Gabriel Marcel; The Meaning of Love, by Solovyov; Alice in Bed, by Susan Sontag; The Diary of Alice James; among others.
Other than that, I have participated in social projects to encourage reading and I have a blog including my translations — from English to Portuguese — of poetry and lyrics.
In addition, I write poetry and fiction: fantasy, horror and science fiction stories. My second book was recently published, the fantasy story A Fábula do Príncipe Narseu (“The Fable of Prince Narseu”), which consists of a world, built with a map and a language of its own, where prince Narseu is born, but he doesn’t know that he is the son of the deceased king.
I hope you will enjoy my Writing Sample!
My Write-a-thon Goals
Publicize and promote my literary works.