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ELIETE (working title)

Dulce Maria Cardoso

  • Original Title: ELIETE
  • Publication date: November 2018
  • Publisher: TINTA-DA-CHINA
  • Country: PT
  • 288 print pages
  • Dramedy

Information

  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: Portugal
  • Themes: FAMILY, Couple, Intergenerational, Family secrets, PEOPLE facing life, Facing failure, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge

Pitch

Eliete is in her early forties. Her daughters are mostly on the internet and abroad; her husband is easier to meet on Facebook rather than at home. Who cares if Eliete, who feels strongly that her youth is gone, allows herself some escapades on a dating site?

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Translation rights sold: Spain

Dulce Maria Cardoso is a Portuguese writer. She studied law, worked as a lawyer and wrote scripts for the cinema. She has received numerous prizes for her literary work, such as the PEN Prize and the European Union Prize for Literature. O RETORNO (The Return) was awarded the Special Prize of the Critics 2011 in Portugal, and was selected as Book of the Year 2011. It has also been voted as number 4 of the 10 favourite books 2014 of the French financial newspaper Les Échos.


Summary

Eliete is a normal woman in her early forties. There is hardly anything extraordinary about her life, and yet she enthrals us with her desire to live, and to understand people and things.

Her daughters are mostly on the internet and abroad; her husband is easier to meet on Facebook rather than at home. Who cares if Eliete, who feels strongly that her youth is gone, allows herself some escapades on a dating site? She would like to reignite her relationship with her husband, but he doesn’t seem interested. Eliete stays cool and doesn’t despair. Then suddenly she finds someone and something different - an inkling of love? Does Duarte love her like a hero in one of the photo-comic teenage magazines of her childhood? And what on earth does it mean when her dementia-suffering grandmother says that Portugal’s dictator is part of her family story?

Is normal life an everyday drama? It probably is, but still you can laugh at most of it. Cardoso creates a multifaceted character of great strength. Ironic, but by no means distanced, ELIETE - A Normal Life reflects on an apparently ordinary life against the background of a three-generation story of the 20th and 21st century in Portugal, and in Europe.

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  • Author’s biography

    Dulce Maria Cardoso (born 1964) is a Portuguese writer. Her debut novel CAMPO DE SANGUE (2002) won the Grand Prize "Acontece de Romance". OS MEUS SENTIMENTOS won the EU Prize for Literature, and O CHAO DOS PARDAIS (2009) won the Portuguese Pen Club Award. O RETORNO (The Return) was awarded the Special Prize of the Critics 2011 in Portugal, and was selected as Book of the Year 2011. It has also been voted as number 4 of the 10 favourite books 2014 of the French financial newspaper Les Échos. She has written scripts for the cinema.