March 4, 1946 – Marcio Gonçalves Bentes de Souza, son of typist Jamacy Sena Bentes de Souza and América Gonçalves de Souza is born in Manaus in the state of Amazonas.

1959 – He begins penning movie reviews for the newspaper O Trabalhista, of which his father is one of the owners. The newspaper would be closed down in 1964.

1963 – Moves to São Paulo.

1966 – Studies Social Sciences at Universidade de São Paulo. He begins working with movies, and produces his first short feature films: Sentir a vida, Manaus Fantástica, A coisa mais linda que existe and A trajetória de um Seringueiro.

1967 – Publishes O mostrador de sombras, his first book of essays.

1968 – Finishes the first draft of the novel Galvez, imperador do Acre. He works as a scriptwriter, assistant-director and producer of marketing films.

1972 – Directs the movies O rio de sangue and A selva.

1973 – Is present at the film festivals in Cannes, Moscow, San Sebastian and Paris.

1974 – The Teatro Experimental do Sesc in Amazonas stages a performance of his play A paixão de Ajuricaba.

1976 – Publishes the novel Galvez, imperador do Acre, sponsored by the Fundação Cultural do Amazonas; the book receives top prize from the São Paulo Association of Art Critics.

1980 – Between September and November, he accepts the role of resident artist in MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire (EUA). Lectures on Brazilian Literature at Columbia and New York Universities. Also in November, he testifies at the Bertrand Russell Tribunal, in Rotterdam, Holland, on the situation of Brazil’s indigenous peoples.

1981 – He becomes a member of the panel for the award of the Casa de las Americas Prize, in Havana (Cuba).

1983 – Moves to Rio de Janeiro.

1991 – Begins to coordinate the National Book Department of the Fundação Biblioteca Nacional (National Library Foundation).

1994 – Spends six months in the US, as guest lecturer in the Portuguese and Spanish Departments at the University of California at Berkeley.

1995 – Is elected President of Fundação Nacional de Arte (FUNARTE) (National Art Foundation).

1997 – Receives the São Paulo Art Critics Association prize for his book Lealdade. The same book is awarded the Jabuti Prize.

1998 – Completes his latest novel, Desordem.