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JO?O ANTONIO

1937 – João Antônio Ferreira Filho is born on January 27, in a blue collar neighborhood in São Paulo. His parents are João Antônio Ferreira and Irene Gomes Ferreira.

1944 – His family moves to Pompéia suburb, where he studies first grade at Externato Henrique Dias.

1949 – Transfers to Colégio Campos Sales in the suburb of Lapa, where he completes junior and senior high school.

1951 – Moves to Vila Jaguara district.

1952 – Publishes his first texts in the children's magazine O Crisol – in Moema district.

1953 – The family moves again, this time to Vila Anastácio. Begins working as an office-boy for Anderson Clayton Co.

1954 – The snooker salons of Vila Anastácio and downtown become part of João Antônio’s life, and here he spends time with tricksters, whores and bohemians, while doing a great deal of reading and writing.

1958 – Wins short story prizes from the magazine A Cigarra and the newspaper Tribuna da Imprensa, both in Rio de Janeiro.
– Begins studying journalism at the Escola de Jornalismo Casper Líbero, in São Paulo.

1959 – Writes Malagueta, Perus e Bacanaço.
– Wins a short story prize from the newspaper Última Hora, in São Paulo.

1960 – His home in Jaguaré (in the city of São Paulo) is destroyed by fire and the originals of Malagueta, Perus e Bacanaço are lost.

1962 – The texts of Malagueta are rewritten in booth 27 of the Biblioteca Municipal Mário de Andrade, in São Paulo.

1963 – Publishes Malagueta, Perus e Bacanaço. With this book he wins the Fábio Prado Prize, the most important award of the day for unpublished originals. Later, he receives two Jabuti Prizes from the Câmara Brasileira do Livro: Most Promising Young Author and Best book of short stories

1964 – Moves to Rio de Janeiro and begins working at Jornal do Brasil.

1966 – Returns to São Paulo to be part of the team that launches Realidade magazine.

1967 – Marries Marília Mendonça Andrade.
– His son Daniel Pedro de Andrade Ferreira is born.

1968 – Publishes the first documentary-short story in Brazilian journalism – Um dia no cais.
– Returns to Rio de Janeiro and begins working for Manchete magazine.

1970 – Works for O Globo newspaper as editor of Cidade – the city supplement. He then moves to Rio Gráfica Editora, where he stays until 1972.
– Is interned at Sanatório da Muda in Tijuca (suburb of Rio de Janeiro) with stress-related symptoms. While in hospital he reads the works of Lima Barreto and begins writing Calvário e porres do pingente Afonso Henriques de Lima Barreto.

1972 – Works at Diário de Notícias where he stays until 1974
– Finishes his second book Leão-de-chácara.

1974 – Leão-de-chácara receives 4th place at the Prêmio Nacional de Contos do Paraná (National Short Story Prize of the state of Paraná).
– In August, at Millôr Fernandes' invitation, he begins to write a weekly short narrative for O Pasquim.

1975 – Publishes Leão-de-chácara 12 years after the publication of his first book.
– Publishes Malhação do judas carioca, with his best texts originally published in newspapers and magazines.
– Creates the expression 'dwarf press' ("imprensa nanica") at Pasquim to designate the alternative newspapers circulating during the dictatorship.
Leão-de-chácara receives the Best Fiction Prize from the São Paulo Art Critics Association.

1976 – Publishes Casa de loucos, a collection of journalistic texts.

1977 – Publishes two books: Lambões de Caçarola and Calvário e porres do pingente Afonso Henriques de Lima Barreto.
Malagueta, Perus e Bacanaço is made into a movie by Maurice Capovilla, under the title O jogo da vida.

1978 – Publishes the book Ô Copacabana!.

1981 – Malagueta, Perus e Bacanaço is translated in Czechoslovakia and becomes a radio-play broadcast by Radio Prague.

1982 – Publishes Dedo-Duro and the book of essays entitled Noel Rosa.
Dedo-Duro is awarded the following prizes: Best Fiction Prize of 1982; Pen Club Prize – Best fiction book and Prêmio Brasília – Best Book of 1982.

1983 – Publishes Meninão do caixote.

1985 – Spends three months in Cuba.

1986 – Publishes Abraçado ao meu rancor.

1987 – Abraçado ao meu rancor receives several prizes: the Golfinho de Ouro Trophy – Best Book of the Year in Rio; Pedro Nava Prize in São Paulo; Oswald de Andrade Trophy in Porto Alegre.
– Travels to West Berlin on a scholarship from the German government.

1989 – Publishes Malagueta em Berlim, oito meses sem sol, in the bilingual magazine Nossa América, in São Paulo.

1991 – Publishes Zicartola e que tudo mais vá pro inferno!

1992 – Publishes Guardador.

1993 – Guardador receives the Jabuti Prize.
– Publishes another two books: Um herói sem paradeiro and Afinação da arte de chutar tampinhas.

1996 – Dies in his apartment in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, probably from a fatal heart attack.
– Leaves, ready for publication, Patuléia, Sete vezes rua and Dama do Encantado.