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By Clara Drummond, Daniel Hahn (Translated by)
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Role Play is a fresh satire narrated by a wealthy young woman in Rio on the verge of a class-consciousness awakening.

Vivian is a curator, not just at her gallery gig in Rio de Janeiro, but in every aspect of her life. Her apartment has designer armchairs. Her wallet is Comme des Garçons. Everything is selected and arranged, even her lovers and friends. In Vivian’s world, everything comes in excess, including her own caustic selfawareness. As she informs us, “I’m a misandrist and a misogynist,” but she is fond of gay men, “the one type of human you can properly get along with as equals.”

Role Play examines the superabundances of Brazilian elites— their art, ethics, and monied ambivalence in the face of social inequality, machismo, and violence. As sharp and sparkling as broken champagne
flutes, Clara Drummond’s prose is seductively frank and unflinching in its depiction of wealth’s power to warp the self.

About the Author

Clara Drummond is a Brazilian writer and journalist based in Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Marie Claire. Role Play is her third novel.

Daniel Hahn is a writer, an editor, and a translator with about a hundred books to his name. Recent books include Catching Fire: A Translation Diary and translations of novels from Angola, Venezuela, and Guatemala. He is currently writing a book about Shakespeare and translation, and coediting a collection of Brazilian short stories.

Praise For…

"A provocative and tightly wound novella about the way internalized capitalism slowly unravels one woman's sanity among the insanely rich of São Paulo. Too real to be satire, too funny to be realism, and mordant all the way through."
—Catherine Lacey, author of Biography of X

“Clara Drummond flays open the shiny world from which her characters come, unafraid to expose the faulty optics and damaging compromises at its decadent core. I loved this book very much.”
—Stephanie LaCava, author of I Fear My Pain Interests You

“Hilarious, knife-sharp, and thrillingly alive. A glittering excavation of Rio’s upper crust, our heroine’s mind, and the absurdity of being alive right now. I loved it.”
—Sarah Thankam Mathews, author of All This Could Be Different

"Clara Drummond's Role Play feels equal parts Eve Babitz and Thomas Bernhard, blending their hedonistic, troubled, occasionally comical excesses into an ultra-privileged millennial in contemporary Brazil. Daniel Hahn's exhilarating translation is hard to put down—I snorted it all the way to the end like the main character snorts her drugs."
—Fernando A. Flores, author of Valleyesque and Tears of the Trufflepig

"Clara Drummond wastes no time dropping the reader into this addictive slideshow of decadence and sex. Role Play is gorgeously catty, short and anything-but-sweet."
—Sloane Crosley, author of Grief Is For People

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374611286
ISBN-10: 0374611289
Publisher: FSG Originals
Publication Date: June 4th, 2024
Pages: 128
Language: English