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“Não esperem que estas memorias formem um documento histórico”, adverte Erico Verissimo. “Elas não tem a intenção de fazer nenhum perfil de minha época ou de meus contemporâneos. São apenas uma historia particular – uma historia em tom de quase romance, mas que vai contada com a maior franqueza. É um livro sincero, que dedico especialmente aqueles que tem lido durante todos esses anos.”
This is the first volume of the autobiography of one of the greatest Brazilian writers. In this first part, the author describes his childhood in Cruz Alta and how he became a writer when he started to work at Editora Globo in Porto Alegre.
He criticizes his own work by stating that Clarissa wasn’t a good book. How Noite was written in one single night. Then he describes Saga as a bad book. With Olhai os Lirios do Campo, he started to receive a substantial copyright and became a very known writer at national and international level. He also describes the writing of the two books his trilogy family saga O Tempo e o Vento series.
In the last part of this book, he describes his work as a General Secretary at OAS when he moved to Washington with his wife, Mafalda, and his two children, Clarissa and Luis Fernando.
The sequel of this book is Solo de Clarineta, Vol. II.