Minotauro (Minotaur) is a Portuguese publishing project created in 2009, aiming to annually publish 8 to 10 books of contemporary foreign fiction, favoring authors unknown to the Portuguese readers.
The target audience was identified as young (25 – 40 years), urban, cosmopolitan and curious to different cultures.
The goal was to create something viewy yet distinct, able to convey graphically the care taken in the selection of published titles.
To differentiate within the Portuguese book cover design panorama, adopting an apparent classical look turned out to be the bolder approach. The end result also contributes to a sense of quality for the collection, something to be enjoyed and collected by readers.
Titles and back-cover texts
The main character, on the verge of turning sixty, is married to a woman he has never been truly in love with. Perhaps this is why his life was – and is – quiet, full of contained and balanced pleasures. However, it has been a few months now since he has stopped desiring. Gradually, without explanation, traveling, music – even women -, everything that gave him pleasure, began to be indifferent to him.
For him, old age would be the exasperation of desire and not having the strength to perform, not this profound void – the doctor gives him another thirty years of life – without joy or pain. One day, while trying to escape the sun, the first heat and the bustle of life, he walks into a Bingo.
This is where he meets Rosa, a beautiful Bingo player, ripe in age, and with whom he recovers vitality.
Rosa will be his guide in a new world that will give him a second chance.
Javier Salazar, a brilliant retired publisher, leads a comfortable existence in his apartment in Madrid, after reaching an age at which he finally feels satisfied and happy that life has been gracious with him… Then, one afternoon, he interruptes his reading to take a walk in the park. There he meets the young Ramón Durán, with who he exchanges a few jokes and small chat.
The beginning of the relationship between them will launch a series of concerns that slowly creep into his soul: a tormented, reserved, ambiguous soul.
When Juanjo, a former professor of Ramón Durán, reappears the relationship becomes a dangerous vortex that surrounds them.
UNJUSTIFIED (SEM NECESSIDADE)
The death of Matías Bartomeu, a romantic ideologue who left the revolution for farming, is the epicenter of the novel. A set of amazing characters reveal his life while remembering their relationship with the deceased.
Through Rubén, we witness the reconstruction of the history of the different individual characters, in a narrative that interweaves their story with the urban nightmare of the Levantine coast of Spain. The characterization created by the author draws us a picture both breathtaking and terrible: the family as an exercise in property values, property speculation, money and dirty dealings, illicit laundering, drugs and sex, exchange of favors and salvation, the corruption that undermines any society.
With the description of the destruction of the landscape, he presents us with a metaphor, the human perversion and its corrupting influence, whether it be on the landscape or on the human character.
“In reality, all stories succeed, one at a time, in the past, present and future. You can even say that it is inevitable. Each character, when “represented”, carries with him the consummation of his past, the reality of his present and the uncertainty of his future.”
This is the epitome that opens Unjustified, but could well be the summary of all the work. The unnamed protagonist of this novel, a middle aged man, facing the imminent death of a friend – who has seven days of life left – decides to leave. His reaction will be to undertake a journey of no importance, a kind of pilgrimage to Portugal, carrying, as his guide, old photos of their shared past in a land of small farmers on the border . This new journey symbolizes an escape to death and at the same time, a kind of homage. But it will also be the journey of someone that wants to get away from a very different past, full of golf clubs and multimillion-dollar businesses.
- Creative Directors JOÃO BICKER
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- Designers ANA BOAVIDA / JOÃO BICKER
- Illustrators ANA BOAVIDA
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