Works

Humana Festa, A Novel (Zip/EP, 2012) is an original, pioneer work of contemporary literature in that it dwells upon veganism and animal rights. Exploring connections between feminism, the environment, and the abolition of animal exploitation, this novel is a witty page-turner that will interest Anglophone readers of diverse backgrounds and worldviews. Translated from the Portuguese by Charles A. Perrone.

"This marvelous novel by Rheda weaves together the urgent issues of veganism, animal rights, environmentalism and bio-politics, the legitimacy of human hegemony and its consequences for the survival of the planet, and the damage done by patriarchy in a way that internationalizes Brazil and the progressive vitality of Brazilian literature and culture as never before." (Earl Fitz, Inter-American Literature: A Concise History).

"Rheda applies her unique wit and eye for contradiction to the exploitation of nonhuman animals. She weaves together two parallel settings - the bible-thumping, NRA-loving milieu of the Florida hinterland, and São Paulo's neo-plantation, agribusiness interior, where estates worked by slaves have been replaced by intensive cattle and pig farms operated by underpaid laborers and subsidized by U.S. conglomerates. [...] An incisive exposé of the landed classes' anxiety about retaining their power and the intertwining class and species exploitation upon which that power depends." (Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond, Chasqui - Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana).
More about Humana Festa, A Novel:
original Brazilian edition's blurb
interviews with the author: 1, 2
academic essay
Other interviews/articles (in Portuguese): FrenteVerso (radio) parts 1 - 2 - 3, Suplemento Literário de MG (pp. 27-29), Editora Record, Folha de São Paulo, Jornal Debate.
Other materials on Humana Festa, A Novel (mostly in Portuguese)


First World Third Class and Other Tales of the Global Mix (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005) includes translations of 2 books and 2 stories written by Rheda, as well as a story that she wrote in English:

Stories from the Copan Building (Arca sem Noé – histórias do edifício Copan), First World Third Class (Pau-de-arara classe turística), “The Enchanted Princess” (“A princesa encantada”), “The Sanctuary” (“O santuário”) and “The Front” (“A frente”).

"Rheda's wit, irony, political passion, and cosmopolitan sensibility are deftly conveyed in this very welcome volume, ably translated." (Daphne Patai, professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Handbook of Latin American Studies, 2007).

"Reading Rheda's short stories and novel has been a delightful discovery for me.... Her style is full of wit, delicious and sometimes devastating irony, and captivating poetic imagery. Her book, in short, will be hard for readers to put down." (David George, Professor of Spanish at Lake Forest College, and literary critic).

"I would like to offer a few words of praise for one of the brightest new stars of Brazilian literature, Regina Rheda. My students and I read several of Regina stories this spring and we were ecstatic about them! We all felt that Regina is a more than worthy heir to such Brazilian greats as Machado de Assis, Drummond, and Clarice Lispector. More than this, we're certain that Regina is going to become a major player for Brazil as it takes its rightful place at the heart of inter-American literature's development into an exciting new field. Let's have more of Regina Rheda, in both Portuguese and English translation!" (Earl E. Fitz, professor of Comparative Literature, Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University).

More about the collection Stories From the Copan Building

More about the novel First World Third Class


More about Regina Rheda's fiction:

Her debut book was first published in 1994: Arca sem Noé - Histórias do Edifício Copan (Rio: Record, 2010). Arca sem Noé won a Jabuti national book award in Brazil in 1995. One of the eight stories, "O mau vizinho" ("The Neighbor from Hell") won a Latin American fiction prize in France in 1994. This collection of stories was translated as Stories from the Copan Building by Adria Frizzi and REYoung.

"The author succeeded in creating an original work of literature by pushing the boundaries between the real and the imaginary with good-hearted, keen humor and creativity.” (Jabuti award catalogue 1995).

"The Copan stories are like gems on a necklace -- every one brilliant in its own right but, when taken as a whole, forming part of a larger, deftly interconnected design." (Earl E. Fitz, professor of Comparative Literature, Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University).

Pau-de-arara classe turística (first print edition - RioRecord, 1996; 2013 digital edition available at Amazon) is a novel about Brazilian emigrés in Europe. It has been translated as First World Third Class by David Coles and Charles A. Perrone.

"Good-humored and unpretentious, Rheda's language flees from clichés and is loaded with delicious descriptions [...] draws an astute profile of middle-class London and reveals the limited horizons of a family in Calabria." (Bernardo Ajzenberg, Mais!, Folha de São Paulo).

The novel Livro que vende combines literary intrigue with a broadside ballad, illustrating aspects of economic and cultural globalization. It was published by Editora Altana (São Paulo: 2003).
"Livro que vende is an amusing reflection on the novel and its impossibilities, something often discussed but not always demonstrated with such vehemence and good humor". (Moacir Amâncio, Caderno 2, O Estado de São Paulo).
Humana Festa (Rio; Record, 2008) is a pioneer work of contemporary literature in that it dwells upon veganism and animal rights. It was translated as Humana Festa, A Novel. Please see above.


"Humana festa, the fifth work of fiction by Regina Rheda, is a true original." (Márcio Seligmann-Silva, professor of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature at UNICAMP).


Stories:
"O santuário", a tale that speaks about immigrants and animal rights advocates in the USA, is published in the anthology Pátria estranha (São Paulo: Nova Alexandria, 2002). The translation ("The Sanctuary") is published in the edited volume First World Third Class and Other Tales of the Global Mix and in the anthology Luso-American Literature: Writings by Portuguese-Speaking Authors in North America (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2011).

"'O santuário' treats the situation of Brazilian illegals in the US incisively, illustrating their precarious, subaltern condition". (Stefânia Chiarelli, Idéias, Jornal do Brasil). 

"Dona Carminda e o príncipe", a story about the tyranny of humans over humans and other animals, is published in the anthology Histórias dos tempos de escola (São Paulo: Nova Alexandria, 2002). It is also published in English as "Miss Carminda and the Prince" (translation: Lydia Billon) in the Fall 2004 issue of the American journal Meridiansand in Croatian (translation: Jelena Bulic) in the literary journal Sic - University of Zadar.

"Regina Rheda's playful short story 'Miss Carminda and the Prince' [is] a rather fanciful retelling of the princess and her frog myth in which Miss Carminda's prince is an [amphibian] escaped from Domingos Jorge Velho Public School!" (Myriam J. A. Chancy, writer and editor).

"A frente", a story about globalization and ecofeminist politics in an imaginary village in the Amazon, is published in the anthology Mais trinta mulheres que estão fazendo a nova literatura brasileira (Volume editor: Luiz Ruffato. Rio: Record, 2005). An English version ("The Front") is published here.
"My students and I also read some of Rheda's more recent stories, like "A frente," and we found these marvelous as well. We were impressed by Regina's ironic humor (a staple of Brazilian literature), her vision of Brazil's place in our globalized world, and her deeply humane spirit." (Earl E. Fitz, professor of Comparative Literature, Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University).


Amor sem-vergonha (Rio: Record, 1997) is a collection of short stories.

"From São Paulo, Regina Rheda: a notable newcomer full of surprises." (Ivan Claudio, IstoÉ).










A astrobolha de sabão (São Paulo: Editora Rios, 1983) is a children's book. Author: Regina Rheda. Illustrator: Ana Mara Abreu.