A distinguished academic, Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza is a bestselling novelist who lives in Rio de Janeiro. He has written seven books in his Inspector Espinosa series, most recently Alone in the Crowd.
This biography was last updated on 12/04/2010.
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Speaking with Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza, author of A Window in Copacabana, the most recent book in the acclaimed Inspector Espinosa series
You had a long and distinguished academic career in psychology and
philosophy, but eight years ago decided to try something entirely new. What
inspired you to become a mystery writer? How has your training as a psychologist
helped in your crime writing?
I am attracted first of all, to the freedom that fictional narrative offers compared to the rigid conceptual structure of the scientific discourse; secondly, to the fact that mystery novels are the direct descendants of mythological thought (and ancient Greek poetry), and bring to the center of the narrative the most intense and fundamental questions of the human being: death and sexuality. These are also the main concerns of psychoanalysis, one of the two areas of my academic research.
Much in the same way that Raymond Chandler evoked the spirit and eccentricities of Los Angeles in his books, Rio de Janeiro is an important character in your mysteries. Why do you set the novels in Rio? What does it offer you as a writer?
I was born in Rio de Janeiro and Ive always lived there (more precisely, in Copacabana). Rio is...
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