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Alexandre Vidal Porto

Alexandre Vidal Porto

Alexandre Vidal Porto was born in São Paulo. A career diplomat, a Harvard-trained lawyer, and a human rights activist, he writes a regular column for Folha de S. Paulo. His fiction has appeared in some of the most respected literary publications in Brazil and also abroad. Sergio Y. was the winner of the Parana Literary Prize for best novel.

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Alexandre Vidal Porto's novel SERGIO Y. has been selected by Publishers Weekly editors as a Book of the Week for the week of May 9, 2016.
New York
May 23, 07:00pm
Join us and author Alexandre Vidal Porto at Three Lives & Co. to celebrate SERGIO Y.!

Latest reviews

  • "Beautifully told and translated, it explores the limitations of truly knowing another person..."
    — Lamda Literary, Aug 14 2016
  • "The desire to find oneself is central to Vidal Porto’s characters. In his second novel, Sergio Y., published in English this month by Europa Editions, the titular character chooses to leave São Paulo for New York and change his name to Sandra."
    — BOMB Magazine, May 11 2016
  • "How do we make sense of changes in others that upset the ways we understand ourselves? This question hangs over Sergio Y., a slim novel from Brazil that received the Paraná Literary Prize."
    — World Literature Today, May 6 2016
  • "A beautiful, moving, profound book . . . Sergio Y. is wonderfully accomplished and subtle and I am so glad to have read it."—Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree
    — Andrew Solomon, Mar 21 2016
  • "Porto’s captivating, impeccably structured novel is a detective story wrapped around a deeper exploration of identity. [...] The result is a methodical and deeply layered narrative about the sacrifices we make in the search for happiness."
    — Publishers Weekly (starred review), Mar 6 2016


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