“Chico Buarque has crossed a chasm with his writing, and arrived at the other side. To the side where one finds work executed with mastery.” —José Saramago

“Buarque writes like a man with a cigarette in one hand and a drink in the other. Shoulders slumped, a wrinkled linen suit; you join him at the bar to hear his wild story.” —Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times