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the past we shall be | prelude | the sceptre of aerzis


Prelude is a piece played in the thoughtful silence of its characters and in the melody of a beautiful and captivating writing. Life goes through these lines full of indecisions, tenderness and a million different colours. The main characters rediscover and reinvent themselves, taking of layer after layer, connecting their stories. Some dreams will be lost, others born. Only time going by is certain.


Strange as it may seem to some, and although it goes almost an opposite direction from the trilogy, I always knew this was the story I would tell next.

Organized from the point of view of four characters as ordinary and special as anyone else, the book is set on a city environment. There are no enigmas to solve, no plot’s complications, no fussy reactions. Just Alice, Duarte, Ada and Lídia, their many stories, who is around them, the silences, their reality and what they remember. Their idealized future proves itself impossible. No matter how hard they try to slow it down, change is inevitably near. Lídia’s fragile certainties wont stop it, neither Duarte’s wish for a time when he seemed able to control the events, not even Alice’s fear for the unknown. And still Ada, who links and separates them, goes on, observant and playful, confident that the upcoming will bring them other smiles, new worries, more stories and joys.

I wanted to explore these four characters, their fragilities and charms, the way they deal and handle a disturbing situation that will wake them from the daily routine and force them into action. I was also interested in giving the text a strong visual and tactile impression, reason why the grand space’s notion is often overtaken by the characters’ imagination and sense of what directly contacts with them. It’s a microcosm of feelings, bodies and nerves.

As a supporter of diversity I appreciate new challenges, trying several themes and subjects. I dislike, therefore, restricting myself to one kind of literature. I prefer to choose what I write based on the potential and possibilities that each idea seems to offer me. That’s how this book came to life, and so will be with all others that may follow.