Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult


Nothing in my life had assured my blood relationships.

Elisa Wouk Almino

On the balcony, he points to the jagged rock and the crowded little houses that climb up the slope. Like a professor, he calls each thing by its name, teaching me how to look at the things he loves. That is the Dois Irmãos hill; next to it, the favela of Rocinha. In the quiver of his voice, the frantic change of subject, is a rush to reveal himself. An anxiety toward the role he avoided his whole life (or mine, anyhow). That of being my father.


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Adriana Lunardi is a writer and screenwriter. She is the author of Vésperas (Eve), Corpo Estranho (Foreign Body), and A Vendedora de Fósforos (The Match Girl). For television, she authored with Max Mallmann the fiction series Ilha de Ferro (Iron Isle). Lunardi lives in Rio de Janeiro.

Elisa Wouk Almino is a writer and literary translator based in Los Angeles. She is the deputy editor of Image magazine at the Los Angeles Times. She is the translator of This House by Ana Martins Marques and the editor of Alice Trumbull Mason: Pioneer of American Abstraction.