Hugs and Cuddles by Joao Gilberto Noll, Translated by Edgar Garbelotto


After abandoning his traditional life in a deteriorating Porto Alegre, the narrator of Hugs and Cuddles zealously recommits himself to a man he calls “the engineer,” a childhood friend with whom he shared a pivotal sexual encounter.

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Our Bookseller says:

A probing exploration of dysfunctional Brazilian politics, with a HEAVY emphasis on “probing.” Gut-bustingly funny and blindingly horny. The literary equivalent of taking too much Viagra and passing out from blood loss to the head. It’s hard to overstate how boner-inducingly, dystopically, unrepentantly perverted this book is.

Hugs and Cuddles is a difficult, thrilling, utterly singular take on the plague novel and an erotic fable of becoming. Handle with gloves, and watch out for bodily fluids. – Terry

Many years have passed since their prepubescent wrestling; everywhere around them is a nation in decline. Representatives of the Brazilian state—everyone from government officials to the impoverished—endlessly harass passers-by for donations to “the cause,” even as a mysterious plague rages. Never mind that. Our insatiable narrator, driven to discover his true self through increasingly transgressive sexual urges, is on an epic journey through the shadows of this dysfunctional yet polite society.

The resulting novel is the late João Gilberto Noll’s most radical statement: A Book of Revelations-grade voyage to the end of gender and the outermost reaches of sexual and artistic expression. Nimbly translated from Portuguese by Edgar Garbelotto, Hugs and Cuddles is an unapologetically explicit fable of fluidity that takes readers from decaying city centers to the dark corridors of a mysterious submarine to a miserable hovel in the rainforest, where, at long last, our narrator finds peace.

Hugs and Cuddles by Joao Gilberto Noll, Translated by Edgar Garbelotto