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May 15, 2016 64 min

Sergio Y. (Europa Editions)

A startling and inspirational work of transgender fiction by a leading figure in Brazil’s “New Urban” fiction movement.

Armando is one of the most renowned therapists in Saõ Paulo. One of his patients, a 17-year-old boy by the name of Sergio, abruptly interrupts his course of therapy after a trip to New York. Sergio’s cursory explanation to Armando is that he has finally found his own path to happiness and must pursue it. For years, without any further news of Sergio, Armando wonders what happened to his patient. He subsequently learns that Sergio is living a happy life in New York and is now a woman, Sandra. Not long after this startling discovery, however, Armando is shocked to read about Sandra’s unexpected death. In an attempt to discover the truth about Sergio and Sandra’s life, Armando starts investigating on his own.

Sergio Y. is a unique and moving story about gender, identity, and the search for happiness.

Praise for Sergio Y.

“Sergio Y. is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time…I gush about it to everyone I meet.”—Zoë Perry, translator of Paulo Coelho

“With Sergio Y., Alexandre Vidal Porto makes clear why he is one of the essential writers in Brazilian contemporary literature.”—Luiz Ruffato

“Readers will find it impossible to put this book down.”—José Castello

"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."--Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review

Alexandre Vidal Porto was born in Saõ 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 Paraná Literary Prize for best novel. To learn more about Alexandre Vidal Porto please visit:

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