by Rodrigo de Souza Lećo - £10.00 And Other Stories (2013)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781908276209 | ISBN 10: 1908276207
One of the most original and comic voices to come out of Brazil Souza Lećo orchestrates a carnival among the mad.
All Dogs are Blue is a fiery and scurrilously funny tale of life in a Rio de Janeiro insane asylum. Our narrator is upset by his ever-widening girth and kept awake by the Rio funk blaring from a nearby favela fair enough, but what about the undercover agents infiltrating the asylum? He misses the toy dog of his childhood, keeps high literary company with two hallucinations, Rimbaud (a mischief-maker) and Baudelaire (a bit too serious for him), and finds himself the leader of a popular cult.
All Dogs are Blue burst onto the Brazilian literary scene in 2008. Its raw style and comic inventiveness took readers by storm. But it was to be Rodrigo de Souza Lećos last masterpiece. He died that year, aged 43, in a psychiatric clinic. Were the minority, says our narrator, but at least I say what I want. All Dogs are Blue is an extraordinary autobiographical fiction that speaks of mental illness and its controversial treatment, revealing the illumination of the ill in a troubled society.
(Price & availability last checked: February 2014)