The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmão

If I had to choose only one literary asset amongst the lot that makes The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmão such a remarkable narrative, I would point its most unique trait, one that enhances the state of the contemporary Brazilian novel itself: its piercing, unabashed and most of all, incredibly clever sense of humor. – Alberto Mussa, writer

There are writers that pride themselves in writing about their own neighbourhood as though it could encapsulate the entire universe. Martha M. Batalha is no such writer. Her novel The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmão encompasses not only a vast Rio de Janeiro, from North to South and across Downtown, but also spans for 80 years – from 1880 through 1960 – in order to tell the story of numerous families ruled by beautiful, stubborn women. It is an epic saga, a roman-fleuve. The difference is that Martha, a contemporary author, combines drama and humor with a savoir-faire unfailabely modern. – Ruy Castro, writer

In a clever and unusual way, Batalha takes the reader for a journey in the streets of the old Rio de Janeiro, filled with amusing tales told through its array of memorable characters. It’s a fun and delightful novel that makes one reflect about our own past and present.
– Carlos Saldanha, film director