Portuguese / Brazil
Riter, Caio (text)
Franz, Pedro (illus.)
Curitiba: Positivo, 2014. – 109 p.
(Series: Coleção Metamorfose)
Orphan – Teenage criminal – Coming of age
Abandoned by his parents as a child, Tiago grows up with his loving aunt. One day, he leaves her house, falls in with the wrong crowd and ends up in a young offender institution, before he eventually returns to his aunt’s place. The story seems fairly conventional, yet the form turns this simple plot into a rewarding read. Tiago himself tells his story while he is at the juvenile prison. However, it is not a linear or chronological narrative, but a tricky, composite puzzle consisting of various time levels and text forms: notebook entries, dialogues, letters to the prison director’s daughter, fictitious letters from his father, written by Tiago himself because he never met him, as well as reading notes. Laconic and unsentimental in its language, the novel provides a self-portrait of a young man on the dark side of society who searches for his place in life and also tries to reconstruct his family history, because it constantly weighs on his mind.