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If it is true that the spirit does not perish like the flesh, then Victor Giudice will linger on, amusing himself with the posthumous publications of his work, the translations, university studies, etc, that maintain his fictional work alive.

The unfinished novel Do catálogo de flores was published in 1999 by the José Olympio Editora, together with a second edition of O Museu Darbot e outros mistérios. To critic Cadão Volpato, of the weekly magazine Época, the publishing of the novel “brings to light the author’s impeccable style as well as his idiosyncrasies”. The reviewer went on to add: “It contains only four chapters of a mysterious tale, a surprising science fiction story. By setting into motion a Brazilian writer in his 70’s who is dealing with a twisting plot set in London at the beginning of the 21st Century, Giudice manages to excavate his old obsessions, including the geography of a certain borough in Rio. The novel, which comes with precise notes by the author regarding the story’s development, is a sort of catalog of the fictional universe of Victor Giudice, an author with a small cult following whose work is worthy of being read by many.”

Before this publication, French readers received a translation of his last volume of short stories, under the title Le Musée Darbot et autres mystères, one of the featured works of the 1998 Paris Book Fair. The story that lends its title to the book had already been published in France in 1997, in the annual literary review Caravanes. This magazine is a luxurious 400-page brochure containing never-before published texts by authors from various countries and eras. The translator Véronique Basset penned a small analysis of Giudice’s work, presenting him as a “native of Rio but a citizen of the various continents of the spirit”.

The short story O Arquivo was part of the anthology Os Cem Melhores Contos Brasileiros do Século (The One Hundred Best Brazilian Short Stories of the Century), organized by the professor Ítalo Moriconi (Editora Objetiva, 2000). The volume established itself as a bestseller, as it reflects the country’s changes and the concerns of various generations of Brazilian writers between the years 1900 and 1999. Giudice is a member of a dream team of short story writers that includes Machado de Assis, Lima Barreto, Mário de Andrade, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Érico Veríssimo, Rubem Fonseca, Clarice Lispector, Raduan Nassar, Dalton Trevisan, Luiz Fernando Veríssimo and many others.

An infinity of websites, literary reviews, specialty journals, anthologies, educational books and master’s theses continue to revisit, study and reverberate the work of Victor Giudice. His literary perenniality is the natural product of a life lived in devotion to quality and originality.

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