Surina Mariana

Born in Brazil (1980); writer and illustrator.

Being unsure of who I truly am and where I belong to, I write stories and make books to find this out. My body of work is openly biographical and overly intimate – a movement to cross over to the other side of myself, find the ultimate mirror, tear my consciousness apart and land back into the innocence of an empty shelf.

I am.

Retrato Surina Mariana

Published work: I published O mundo sem anéis (‘The world has no rings’, Portuguese,162 p.) in Dec/2015, in Brazil. O mundo is a 100-chapter diary-like narrative on the 100 days I biked solo through France, Spain and Portugal, in 2013, and was warmly welcomed by Brazilian readers – the first edition is currently sold out.

In the years 2016 e 2017, I deepened my investigation on the possibilities of combining visual and written narrative and released 3 little experimental illustrated books for adults: O amor não é matemático (‘Love knows no mathematics”, 2016, 16p); Porque tudo começa do mesmo lugar (‘All starts from here’, 2016, 16 p) and Horse Stories (2017, 10p). The latter two were produced in partnership with Brazilian artist Luda Lima. My short story Manual de Mergulho (‘Guidelines for diving’) was published in the anthology of contemporary Brazilian female writers Novena para Pecar em Paz (Penalux publishing house, Rio de Janeiro, 94 p) in October, 2017.

I am currently writing my new book provisionally named ‘A spiritual diary of weird feelings’ that comprises of 108 narrative exercises on the possibilities of intimate discovery within solitude. The book is due in 2019.

I live in the south of Portugal with my spiritual teacher, Mooji.