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Pedro and Marques Take Stock: A Picaresque Novel (Hardcover)

Pedro and Marques Take Stock: A Picaresque Novel By José Falero, Julia Sanches (Translated by) Cover Image
By José Falero, Julia Sanches (Translated by)
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"[A] vibrant and punchy novel . . . Through Falero’s lovable characters, readers will meditate on violence and respectability within the death-trap of runaway capitalism. Head-on against the grim indignities of an unequal world, Falero’s poetic novel embraces humor and empathy."
 —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A modern picaresque novel and vivid satire on social mobility where the lives of two Brazilian supermarket stock clerks are upturned after their small-time marijuana business takes off.


In the favelas of Porto Alegre, Brazil, marijuana is hard to come by. Supermarket stock clerks Pedro and Marques spend their days unloading trucks, restocking shelves, and dreaming of a better life, of breaking the cycle of poverty that has afflicted their families and their community. Well-acquainted with the drug dealers in their neighborhood and seeing an opportunity to earn a little extra cash, they decide to start a weed-dealing operation. 

The economic hierarchies of Porto Alegre are turned upside down as, almost accidentally, the two men build a thriving enterprise and get rich, quickly. Distribution grows from dime bags to kilos, and Pedro and Marques begin to plan for a future where low-wage work will never again be a necessity for them and their families. All too soon however, their operation starts attracting outsider attention, and cracks in their carefully crafted and seemingly untouchable world begin to show, culminating in one final, lethal showdown.  

A witty, voice-driven, and electrifying portrait of poverty and a canny examination of the ethics of drug dealing and low-wage labor in the underbelly of Brazil, Pedro and Marques Take Stock is a contemporary picaresque novel of class and crime.

About the Author


José Falero lives in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He is the author of Vila Sapo, a story collection published by Todavia in 2019, and Mas em que mundo tu vive?, a collection of essays published by Todavia in 2021. The English translation of his story collection is forthcoming from Astra House. Pedro and Marques Take Stock is his first work to be translated into English.

Praise For…


"It's clear that [Falero]'s got both talent and ideas to burn. We're going to see more José Falero, and Pedro and Marques gives readers a chance to get in on the ground floor."
—Lily Meyer, NPR

"The book cover identifies it as a picaresque novel . . . a genre focused on crooked characters you can’t help rooting for, whose actions, though unprincipled on paper, are swipes against a system built to keep them down. Pedro and Marques are just that, and their often-larger-than-life adventures offer a wry, razor-sharp commentary on violence, poverty, and corruption under capitalism." 
—Arianna Rebolini, Bustle

"[A] vibrant and punchy novel . . . Through Falero’s lovable characters, readers will meditate on violence and respectability within the death-trap of runaway capitalism. Head-on against the grim indignities of an unequal world, Falero’s poetic novel embraces humor and empathy."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[Falero's] characters’ yearnings feel palpable, as do the forces limiting their chances for success. A gritty portrait of life on the margins emerges from this well-wrought narrative."
—Publishers Weekly

"José Falero masterfully portrays the margins of a poor country in a world that has been globalized since the galleons set sail in the 15th century. A critical, superbly written, tragicomic novel for our times and all time in the history of world literature."
—Paulo Lins, author of City of God

"Pedro and Marques Take Stock is a combustive cocktail of heart and farce. Brazenly, hilariously, Falero stirs together Nietzschean ethics, Tarantino-slick dialogue, and the piquant cynicism of Machado de Assis, then pours it all frothing and jocular through the favelas of modern-day Porto Alegre. The result bites and delights, a skewering of systemic inequality and the hoary rags-to-riches myths that condone global poverty. I knocked this back in one sitting, and can’t wait for round two."
—Jakob Guanzon, author of Abundance

"Gritty, authentic, and unapologetic. A searing portrait of men raging against poverty."
—Futhi Ntshingila, author of We Kiss Them with Rain

"An ironic, precise, detailed account, not only of poverty-induced anguish, but of the guile and creativity needed to build a better world."
—Geovani Martins, author of The Sun on My Head

"With his debut novel, José Falero has cemented himself as one of the most important names in Brazilian literature."
—Jeferson Tenório, author of O avesso da pele


Product Details
ISBN: 9781662601231
ISBN-10: 1662601239
Publisher: Astra House
Publication Date: November 7th, 2023
Pages: 304
Language: English