Sandro William Junqueira, Quando as Girafas Baixam o Pescoço [When giraffes lower their neck], 2017, 192 p.
An obese woman enjoys buying hyacinths, the unemployed man dreams of a goulash dish, and there are two sisters who are sewing complicated lines between them. From time to time, in the intervals of the city’s noises, you can hear the music of Brel, roses growing, or a program about animal life – How is it that the giraffe’s head doesn’t burst if it is so far from the heart? In common, between the feet that make noise on the top of the head and the feet that annoy those who are below, only [that they are] inside the cement cage where they try to pack up the little lives, and nevertheless [there exists] the desire to be a bird.
Sandro William Junqueira (Rhodesia, 1974) continues to build, now at a height, a literary territory of discomforts and drives that was still to be charted, and he has returned to fiction with a book made of feathers and concrete.
Some biographical information:
In 1999, together with Paulo Quaresma, he founded the theater company A GAVETA [the drawer]. From there, he works as artistic director, director and actor. From 2002 onwards he has regularly published poetry and short stories in magazines and fanzines. He is often invited to share poetry in recitals. In 2007 he started a regular work in schools and libraries with the creation and performance of different ateliers and shows to promote books and reading.
His earlier books are A Grande Viagem do Pequeno Mi [The great journey of the little me] and A Cantora Deitada [The singer lying down]. He also published No Céu não há Limões [In heaven there are no lemons], O Caderno de Algoz [Algoz notebook], Um Piano para Cavalos Altos [A piano for high horses]. He was one of the eleven authors of the crime novel O Caso do Cadáver Esquisito [The case of the bizarre corpse], and one of the authors of the short-story collection Dez Contos para Ler Sentado [Ten tales to be read seated].
The contents of his latest book and the other titles sound really strange to the blogger but he likes reading promoters.