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Raimundo Carrero

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Writer, Journalist

Raimundo Carrero

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By: Lúcia Gaspar - Librarian of the Joaquim Nabuco Foundation - Specialist in Scientific Documentation

Raimundo Carrero de Barros Filho was born in Salgueiro, a municipality in the Pernambuco hinterland (513 km from Recife), on December 20, 1947.
He took his primary course in Salgueiro and moved to Recife, where he studied at the boarding Colégio Salesiano for two years.
He discovered literature through the library of an older brother, whose books were under the counters of his father’s clothing and hat shop, and read José Lins do Rego, Graciliano Ramos, Ibsen, and Shakespeare.
Before he was a writer, he created a musical ensemble called Os Cometas (1964). When he moved to Recife in the 1970s, he became a professional musician, playing saxophone in a rock band called Os Tártaros.
He started writing using papers from his father’s store. His first novella, Grande mundo em 4 paredes (A great world in four walls), was written between 1968 and 1969 and, according to him, was “a boy’s work.” His first book, A história de Bernarda Soledade: a tigre do Sertão (The story of Bernarda Soledade: the hinterland tigress), published in 1975, was written when he was 23 years old and reissued by the Recife publisher Bagaço in 2007.
He worked with Ariano Suassuna, on whom he gives the following testimony, in an interview with Heloísa Buarque de Hollanda:
[…] Everything you can expect from a great advisor, from a great master, I had from Ariano. I’m even ashamed to remember this but I’d come to his house on Sundays, sometimes at nine in the morning, and leave at nine in the evening, studying literature, talking about authors. He’d pick up books on the shelf, write down my texts. It was like having an entire university at my feet […].
His novella A dupla face do baralho: confissões do Comissário Félix Gurgel (The double face of the deck: confessions of Commissioner Félix Gurgel) (1984) was published by Francisco Alves via an agreement with the City of Recife, which gave a great boost to his career. His book Somos pedras que se consomem (We are stones who consume ourselves) (1995) was included among the ten best books of that year by the newspaper O Globo and chosen as one of the ten best works of fiction of 1995 by Jornal do Brasil, both newspapers from Rio de Janeiro (RJ).
As a professional journalist, he also worked on radio and television. He was editor of the Televisão Universitária de Pernambuco in which, among other activities, he hosted the television news article Conversa de Redação and edited the Jornal Universitário, published by the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE).
From 1969 to 1991, he worked at the newspaper Diario de Pernambuco, in which he held various positions and functions: reporter, front-page writer, editor in chief, editorial assistant, literary critic, and national editor.
He was part of the Conselho Municipal de Cultura do Recife (Popular Culture Movement Recife Municipal Council for Culture) for eight years (under mayors Antônio Farias and Gustavo Krause), of the Movimento de Cultura Popular (Popular Culture Movement), president of the Foundation of Historic and Artistic Heritage of Pernambuco (Foundarpe) from 1995 to 1997 (during Miguel Arraes’ government) and deputy secretary in culture in 1998.
Raimundo Carrero says journalism was his great school. “The newspaper disciplines, organizes the writing work. In the paper you show off, you lose your fear.” On literary creation, he supports the concept that writing is more the fruit of perspiration than inspiration, “there is no inspiration or talent, but work, much work.”
He also wrote the play Anticrime (Anticrime), staged at the Teatro do Parque by the group Otto Prado, and adapted Tolstoy’s novel The Death of Ivan Ilyich, performed at Teatro Barreto Júnior.
Considered one of the greatest writers of Pernambuco, known nationally and internationally, Raimundo Carrero holds several literary awards: Best New Artist, Oswald de Andrade Award, in Rio Grande do Sul, with Viagem no ventre da baleia (Travel in the belly of the whale); José Condé Award, from the government of Pernambuco, for the book Sombra severa (Severe shadow); Lucilo Varejão Award from the City of Recife with O senhor dos sonhos (The Lord of Dreams); Best Novelist from the São Paulo Association of Art Critics (1995) and the Machado de Assis Award (best novel) from the National Library, both for the book We are stones who consume ourselves (1995); and the Prêmio Jabuti from the Câmara Brasileira do Livro in São Paulo with As sombrias ruínas da alma (The dark ruins of the soul) (2000).
Member of Academia Pernambucana de Letras (Pernambuco Academy of Letters), occupying Chair no. 3 since January 20, 2005, and of the Academia de Artes e Letras de Pernambuco (Academy of Arts and Letters of Pernambuco) (Chair n. 6), he has several published works, among which we can highlight:
A história de Bernarda Soledade: a tiigre do Sertão (1975, reeditado em 2007);
As sementes do sol: o semeador (1981);
A dupla face do baralho: confissões do Comissário Félix Gurgel (1984);
Sombra severa (1986);
Viagem no ventre da baleia (1986);
O senhor dos sonhos (1987);
Maçã agreste (1989);
Sinfonia para vagabundos (1992);
Extremos do arco-íris (1992);
Somos pedras que se consomem (1995);
As sombrias ruínas da alma (1999);
Sombra severa (2001);
Orlando Parahym: o arco e o escudo (2001);
Ao redor do escorpião.. uma tarântula? (2003);
Os extremos do arco-íris (2004);
O delicado abismo da loucura (2005);
Os segredos da ficção: a arte de escrever (2005);
O amor não tem bons sentimentos (2007);
Contos de Oficina nº 4 (2007).

Some of his work was adopted as part of the entrance exam of the Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (Unicap) and of the Universidade de Pernambuco (UPE).
He has created and guided literary workshops for more than 15 years, one of which has been in the Brazilian Writers Union, Pernambuco Section and at Livraria Domenico (Domenico Bookstore), in addition to participating in various Book Bienniales held in Brazil and the Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty (International Literary Festival of Paraty) in Rio de Janeiro.

Recife, July 29, 2008.



sources consulted

BIOGRAFIA: Raimundo Carrero. Disponível em: Acesso em: 9 abr. 2008.

DADOS biográficos do autor. In: CARRERO, Raimundo. Orlando Parahym. Recife: Assembléia Legislativa de Pernambuco, 2001. p. 181-182.

REVISTA INDIOSINCRASIA. Entrevista de Raimundo Carrero por Heloisa Buarque de Hollanda, em 22 abr. 2004. Disponível em:álogos. Acesso em: 4 jul. 2008.

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GASPAR, Lúcia. Raimundo Carrero. In: PESQUISA Escolar. Recife: Fundação Joaquim Nabuco, 2008. Available from: Access on: month day year. (Ex.: Aug. 6, 2009.)