Carlos Emílio C. Lima (1956-2022)

Brazilian author, poet, culture activist, and edi­tor CARLOS EMÍLIO C. LIMA, 65, died on April 2, 2022, in Fortaleza, Ceará (in the North­east Brazil), from an infection following surgery. Carlos Emílio Barreto Corrêa Lima was born in Fortaleza in 1956, and published first book So­lário: Contos Infantis para Adultos [Solarium: Child Stories for Adults] in 1970, when he was 13. In that decade he wrote reviews for major news­papers and magazines such as Jornal do Brasil, O Estado de S. Paulo, Jornal da Tarde, Última Hora, and IstoÉ, and later edited literary tab­loid Rio Arte & Literatura, where he published Fábio Fernandes’s debut science fiction story.

Lima’s own literature was magical realism and formal experimentalism, but he frequently used SF elements, as in ‘‘O Luvibórix’’ [The Luvibórix] (1986). His important A Cachoeira das Eras [The Waterfall of the Ages] (1979) was called ‘‘a mythical novel’’ by Braulio Tavares, who compared Lima’s torrential poetic prose to Jack Kerouac’s. Other books by Lima were story collections Ofos (1984) and O Romance que Explodiu [The Novel that Exploded] (2006) and novels Além, Jericoacoara [Beyond, Jericoacoara] (1982), Pedaços da História mais Longe [The Farthest Pieces of History] (1997), and Maria do Monte [Maria from the Hill] (2008).

In 2021, culture activist and author Nelson de Oliveira said that in the ‘‘territory of Brazilian fantastic fiction, Carlos Emílio Corrêa Lima is the most important author in activity – absolute master of the genre for decades.’’

Roberto Causo

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