Caio Fernando Abreu (1948–96) was born in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in 1948. An award-winning journalist, writer, and dramatic adviser, he portrayed like no other the myriad contradictions of urban Brazil. In 1968, he was put on the wanted list of the Department for Political and Social Order, and in the 1970s he spent time in self-exile in Europe. His books, written in a personal and economic style, speak of love, fear, death and, above all, of the anguish of human loneliness. His novels, short stories, plays, and memoirs have been translated into numerous languages.
Kim M. Hastings was raised overseas and lived for several years in São Paulo. She studied Brazilian language and literature at Brown University and has a PhD in Spanish and Portuguese from Yale. For the past fifteen years, she has been a freelance editor and translator, working with academic presses and commercial publishers. Her translations include fiction by Rubem Fonseca, Rachel Jardim, Adriana Lisboa, and Edgard Telles Ribeiro.