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JOSÉ LOUZEIRO

"We must appreciate that José Louzeiro based on his language which moves human creatures, actuates interior episodes, produces an ambience, and provides a representation is a fictionist who gains strength with the assuredness of the writer. (...)
This first venture in the genre has managed to reconcile minimalism with structure – without affecting the pace of the plot – in order to set the action within a dimension unique to the story. (...)
José Louzeiro does not leave just one more contribution so that the short story is retrieved from its position outside the critics’ circle. He leaves a book. And a book with a marked place in last year’s publishing business."
Adonias Filho. Jornal do Comércio, 08/02/59.

"The first of these books is the debut of José Louzeiro with Depois da Luta, a volume of twelve short stories developed within a style of unique characteristics, where the concern for a renewed and revalued language is found on every page. Together with purely structural research, in his works Louzeiro employs a technique that has no immediate comparison with the usual foreign influences on our younger writers. If subjectivism is the basis of his fiction, the poetic atmosphere of morbid tone and the precision of vocabulary emerge nearly dry, pushing aside the elusive Mansfieldian supported on a sometimes indispensable psychological description. Nor is José Louzeiro a Kafkian. "O Acusado" (The accused), one of the short stories making up this collection where we might identify nuances of the author of "Metamorphosis" is constructed in a framework of fable and reality, with no reliance on symbology. Chekhov could have lent him what all modern story writers owe the Russian author: the modern face of the short story brief, incisive, a cross-section of one of life’s important situations. Saroyan is far from having influenced José Louzeiro, for the short stories of this bitter, cynical writer from Maranhão (who sometimes takes an indifferent stance on existence) run counter to the lyric sentiment, and even to tragic sentiment, but revealing an unanguished acceptance, which characterized this American author. Depois da Luta was the year’s best release."
Assis Brasil – A ficção nacional em 1958. Suplemento Dominical do Jornal do Brasil, 17/01/59.

"From these small samples of José Louzeiro’s prose, we see a heavier mark of the originality which he wants to lend to his form, no longer found in the guiding tradition of this genre among us, and apparently without any hint of having suffered any literary influence, save – of course – that of Graciliano Ramos."
José Roberto Teixeira Leite – Louzeiro: Estréia Incomum. Leitura – março/abril 1959.