Born in Novo Hamburgo, Henrique Schneider is a lawyer and awarded writer of a vast literary work that comprises novels and short stories volumes. His books won many important prizes and awards in Brazil, and some are translated into several languages. He is currently dedicated to his (The) Dictatorship Trilogy, a work still in progress that dramatically addresses the three pillars of every totalitarian system:
Torture, in 1970; Exile, in THE LONELINESS OF TOMORROW; and Censorship, in X, to be finalized by January 2023. The novels can stand alone but all three tell stories about relatively anonymous people, with apparently no major relevance in the resistance to the dictatorship, but who had to survive that period and its oppressive, dire environment.
THE LONELINESS OF TOMORROW [A SOLIDÃO DO AMANHÃ]
In 1972, Fernando goes from Porto Alegre, a southern state capital, to tiny Acegua, on the dry border between Brazil and Uruguay. There a fellow traveler would receive him, cross the huge expanse of the pampas, and deliver the young activist to party comrades in the Uruguayan town of Melo, where his exile should begin. Involved in the student movement and having been jailed, his comrades had decided he should leave Brazil, to protect himself and everyone else from his cell in the Resistance movement. The person who drives Fernando from Porto Alegre to Acegua on this journey full of fear and uncertainties is Jorge Augusto, a civil servant, respected inspector at the Treasury Office.
A law-abiding senior citizen above all suspicion, who accepts this task only because he has known Fernando since his childhood, a classmate and best friend of his own son, Jorge Augusto puts one condition to help in this dire situation: politics should not be talked about during the trip. The Loneliness of Tomorrow is not an account of exile describing life away from home, it is the narrative of the tense hours before diving into the unknown.
Publication/Status: Published by Dublinense (Brazil) in November 2022. Film rights optioned by A Fábrica. [128 pages]
Raul is a dedicated bank worker, an upstanding citizen living his quiet life in July 1970. He devotes all his energy to work; politics is of no interest to him. Until the day when, amid the patriotic euphoria on the eve of the World Cup final, he is mistaken for an activist against the military dictatorship, then arrested, and thrown into a cell to confess to something he doesn’t know, he doesn’t even have a clue of its meaning. From that moment on, Raul he is about to live and be subjected to the horrendous events and practices that were only too common during Brazil’s Years of Lead.
Publication/Status: Published by Dublinense (Brazil), in 2019. Published by Red Star Press (Italy) and Sefsafa (Egypt) in 2022. Sold to Marjin Kiri (Indonesia), publication scheduled for 2023. [152 pages]