Luis Fernando Verissimo was born in 1936 in Brazil. He is a journalist, translator, television screenwriter, and singer who is known for his chronicles and hilarious anecdotes. Érico Verissimo, a writer, is his father.
Youth & Childhood of Luis Verissimo
Luis Fernando Verissimo was born on September 26, 1936, in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul. He spent part of his infancy in the United States, when his father taught Brazilian literature at institutions from Berkeley to Oakland between 1941 and 1945, his parents were of writer Érico Verissimo and Mafalda Halfen Volpe.
When his father was appointed director of the Pan American Union’s Cultural Department in Washington in 1953, the family went to the United States, and only returned to Brazil in 1956. He was a student at Roosevelt High School in Washington at the time. He became interested in jazz and even took saxophone lessons.
Journalism Career of Luis
Luis Fernando Verissimo returned to Porto Alegre and began working in the artistic department of Editora Globo. Renato e Seu Sexteto was his first musical ensemble, which he joined in 1960.
He relocated to Rio de Janeiro in 1962 and worked as a translator and advertising copywriter. He married Lcia Helena Massa, a Rio de Janeiro native, in 1963 and they had three children.
In 1967, he returned to Porto Alegre and began working as a copy editor for the daily Zero Hora. He began signing his own daily column in 1969. He began writing for the advertising agency MPM Propaganda the same year.
He wrote about sports, music, cinema, literature, and politics for the Folha da Manh newspaper between 1970 and 1975. His stories were always amusing.
Louis’ first books
Luis Fernando Verissimo released O Popular in 1973, which was a collection of texts that had previously appeared in the newspapers where he worked. He returned to Zero Hora in 1975 and also started working for Jornal do Brasil. He also published The Great Naked Woman in the same year.
In 1979, he published Ed Mort and Other Stories, a collection of short stories featuring Ed Mort, who would go on to become one of his most well-known characters. He lived in New York from 1980 to 1981, when he wrote Tracing New York.
In 1981, Luis Fernando Verissimo launched, at the Porto Alegre Book Fair, the chronicles O Analista de Bagé , which sold out in two days.
He worked as a weekly writer for Veja magazine from 1982 until 1989, writing hilarious stories. Comédias da Vida Privada, which he published in 1994, was transformed into a television serial.
Luis Verissimo as a musician
Luis Fernando Verissimo joined the Jazz 6 group in 1995, and the group’s CDs Agora é Hora (1997), Speak Low (2000), A Bossa do Jazz (2003), and Four which was released (2006).
Awards won by Luis
His novel Clube dos Anjos (The Club of Angels) was named one of the 25 finest books of the year by the New York Public Library in 2003. At the Festival de Culturas Latinas in Biarritz, France, he was awarded the Prix Deus Oceans in 2004. In 1997, he was awarded the Juca Pato prize and named Intellectual of the Year by the Unio Brasileira de Escritores.
The writer was taken to Hospital Moinhos de Vento in Porto Alegre on November 21, 2012, due to the exacerbation of an influenza A type flu. Twelve of the 24 days spent in the hospital were spent in the intensive care unit. He was discharged on December 14th, having already recovered. On January 3, he publishes his debut column in the daily Estado de S. Paulo.
Famous phrases by Luis Verissimo
“The world is like a mirror that gives each person the reflection of their own thoughts. It’s the way you look at life that makes all the difference.”
“The sad ones think the wind moans, the happy ones think it sings.”
“When we think we have all the answers, life comes and changes all the questions.”
“The family is not born ready-made; it is built little by little and is the best laboratory of love. At home, between parents and children, you can learn to love, respect, faith, solidarity, companionship and other feelings.”
“I vaguely thought about studying architecture, like everyone else. I would end up like everyone I know who studied architecture, doing something else. I saved myself from that other thing, even though I didn’t graduate from anything and ended up doing this strange other thing, that is to make guesses about all things.”
Works of Luis Fernando Verissimo
- The Popular , chronicles, 1973
- The Great Naked Woman , chronicles, 1975
- Brazilian Love , chronicles, 1977
- The King of Rock , chronicles, 1978
- Ed Mort and Other Stories , chronicles, 1979
- Sex in the Head , chronicles, 1980
- The Bagé Analyst , chronicles, 1981
- The Flying Table , chronicles, 1982
- Others by the Bagé Analyst , chronicles, 1982
- The Gigolo of Words, chronicles, 1982
- A Velhinha de Taubaté , chronicles, 1983
- Silva’s Woman , chronicles, 1984
- Freud’s Mother , chronicles, 1985
- The Husband of Doctor Pompeu , chronicles, 1987
- Zoeira , chronicles, 1987
- The Devil’s Garden , novel, 1987
- Nights of Bogart , chronicles, 1988
- Orgies , chronicles, 1989
- Father Doesn’t Understand Nothing , chronicles, 1990
- Intimate Pieces , chronicles, 1990
- O Santinho , chronicles, 1991
- Humor in Collor’s Times , chronicles, 1992
- Suicide and the Computer , chronicles, 1992
- Private Life Comedies , chronicles, 1994
- Comedies of Public Life , chronicles, 1995
- New Private Life Comedies , chronicles, 1997
- The Afogados’ Version , chronicles, 1997
- Gula – O Clube dos Anjos , novel, 1998
- That Strange Day That Never Comes , chronicles, 1999
- Brazilian Summer Stories , chronicles, 1999
- As Noivas do Grajaú , chronicles, 1999
- All Comedies , Chronicles, 1999
- Children’s Party, Children’s Party , 2000
- Comedies to Read at School , chronicles, 2000
- The Lies Men Tell , chronicles, 2000
- All Stories by the Analyst of Bagé , short stories, 2002
- Banquet Com os Deuses , chronicles, 2002
- The Opponent , novel, 2004
- The march , chronicles, 2004
- The Twelfth Night , novel, 2006
- More Comedies to Read at School , short stories, 2008
- The Spies , romance, 2009
You can purchase any off his books at his official Amazon store.