Luís Fernando Veríssimo, one of Brazil's most popular and prolific writers, is a satirist, cartoonist, translator, television writer, saxophonist, playwright and novelist. His latest book The Spies, translated by Margaret Jull Costa, is published by Maclehose Press.

Under her spell

Ariadne had invaded my mind along with the light emanating from her words. In an instant, I imagined her so entirely and so intensely that my next feeling was an absurd twinge of jealousy for her Secret Lover. Or perhaps what attracted me was the imminent tragedy she described, my identification with a co-suicide in the making. Or perhaps it was just the complete absence of commas.

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