I loved the novel immediately. It is the real metaphor of the true world in which we live. It is a strong, passionate book that deserves to be distributed throughout the world. (Antonio Skármeta)
Ruy Câmara debuts at this opening of a century as if determined to inspire future generations of fiction writers. (Gerardo Mello Mourão, Poet)
The Twenty-First Century has yet to produce anything that can be compared to this prodigious novel that we have in our hands. (Ivan Junqueira – President of the Brazilian Academy of Letters)
Ruy Câmara debuts with enviable literary maturity. It is unusual for an author to produce a novel of such great consistency even at the end of his career. (Antonio Skármeta)
In this deliciously written novel, Ruy manages a brilliant take on the turbulent life of Isidore Ducasse, Countof Lautréamont. As a literary consultant and agent it is not every day – or every year – that I come across a novel like The author is a master of his genre, his artistic talent and writing style never cease to enchant and amaze me. I am truly grateful to have been made part of his world success. (James McSill, Literary Agent)
As a university professor (CUNY) I have often referred my students to biographies of outstanding personalities. Through biography the student learns about others while enhancing knowledge about himself. Reading novels and biography is an essential adjunct to understanding human psychology. It is no wonder that Ruy Camara, Brazil’s most prominent literary novelist, was awarded the prestigious Prize of Fiction for the best novel of 2004, by the Brazilian Letters Academy for his work, “The Last Songs of Autumn.” Dealing with the life of Isadore-Lucien Ducasse, who adopted the pseudonym of Count of Lautreamont, Camara delves deeply into this mysterious and impenetrable poet, lending insight into an extraordinary life. I was immediately captured and thoroughly engrossed by the opening chapters of this remarkable literary achievement, and remained so to the vary last pages. While others have attempted to portray the enigmatic Ducasse, only Camara has successfully illuminated our understanding of the poet. In reading this biographical novel you will be rewarded with an unforgettable literary experience! Ed.D. Dr. James Schiavone, is professor emeritus of developmental skills at the City University of New York.
In this imaginative biography, Ruy Câmara manages to recreate one of the strangest personalities of all world literature, Isidore Ducasse, the Count of Lautréamont, unanimously considered to be the great precursor of surrealism. (Ivo Barroso, O Estado de São Paulo)
In this deliciously written novel, Ruy manages a brilliant take on the turbulent life of Isidore Ducasse, Count of Lautréamont. As a literary consultant and agent it is not every day – or every year – that I come across a novel like The Last Songs of Autumn. Overall it is a fascinating read. The tragedy, unusually engaging, oddly moving, starts in Montevideo, Uruguay. But it does not end there. The author is a master of his genre, his artistic talent and writing style never cease to enchant and amaze me. I am truly grateful to have been made part of his world success. (James McSill, Literary Agent)