Márcia Tiburi

Márcia Tiburi is a Brazilian novelist, visual artist, philosopher, teacher, and public intellectual, with over thirty publications in Portuguese, from novels to scholarly and philosophical books and essays. Her books How to Talk to a Fascist (Como Conversar com Um Fascista) and Delirium of Power (Delírio do poder) have a wide readership in Brazil for their stances against authoritarianism. After the election of Jair Bolsonaro, Márcia faced death threats and attacks during public events, and in 2018 she left Brazil for a Pittsburgh City of Asylum residency, appearances at US universities, and a teaching and writing residency in Paris.

Carolyne Wright has studied, written, and translated in Chile, Brazil, West Bengal, and Bangladesh on Fulbright and other fellowships. In 2018, she held a residency at the Instituto Sacatar in Bahia, Brazil; a 2020–21 Fulbright Scholar Award will take her back to Bahia after the worldwide COVID-19 travel advisory is lifted. A Seattle native, Carolyne has sixteen award-winning volumes of poetry, essays, poetry in translation, and coedited anthologies, including This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017). She met and began translating Márcia Tiburi during the 2019 Brazilian Literary Spring event at the University of Washington.

July/Aug 2021

The Mother

By Márcia Tiburi

Translated from Portuguese by Carolyne Wright For many it is sad to see the mother cleaning the sheet of photographic paper on the wall of the room with the image […]