The Modern Man

A philosophical divagation about the evil banality of daily acts

With the subtitle, "A philosophical divagation about the evil banality of daily acts", the author dedicates herself to dissect a few hours of a man's thoughts, feelings and life.
Awarded with Honors by the Law School, PUC RJ. This work was originally published in Portuguese, in 1988. Translated by the author herself in 2013, reviewed by Edward M Wolfe in 2015.

THE MODERN MAN had already been awarded with honors at my Law School in 1988. In 2013, it won the Gold Medal in YA inspirational/motivational category by Literary Classics International Book Awards and Reviews for Children and YA - enrolled by a member of the jury - and a Bronze Medal for Fiction Short-story category by Readers' Favorite 2013 Award.

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I have read Cristiane Serruya's works before, the two first installments of the Trust trilogy. I was not expecting what I read in 27 pages (this book is bilingual and the last part is in Portuguese).
I'm shocked. I'm stunned. And I'm in awe.
This is not a short philosophical story. This is a profound and deep sight of what the society and humankind has become. ... By Helio Rezende on April 23, 2014

"...few write about it like Cristiane Serruya. ... A very interesting read!"-  Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

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Wow, Cristiane Serruya, I'm blown away.
The Modern Man is a philosophical examination of the often dark platitudes of human beings. ... By avidreader on June 3, 2013

"...The Modern Man is very short and you wouldn't even need half an hour to read it, but you'll need time to think about it,to ask yourself how relevant the issues raised in the text are for your own life. The Modern Man is a powerful, beautifully written text and reflects on the current state of many people. Like the man in the story, most people won't be aware of their robot-like existence unless they're forced to think about it. ... The story ends with a glimmer of hope, hope for individuals' souls and hope for mankind." - Kim Asini For Readers' Favorite

I do love a well written philosophical book, and one of those that affected me the most over many years is Bruce Lee's Tao of Jeet Kune Do. ... The next thing to say is that I am a fan of Cristiane Serruya's works, without necessarily being a fan of 'hot romances'. But her TRUST trilogy was, and is, a revelation.
So where does The Modern Man stack up? Written by the author when aged just 18, it shows a great maturity and, in relation to Bruce Lee - someone else who was ahead of her time.
At times, the book seems dream-like, almost stuck between the haze of half-sleep whilst dealing with the brutality of life. Some may even view this as a pro-feminist text. It may well be, but that's not how I took it.
It is a complex narrative, but beautifully written, and every single line engages you. It is a book worthy of many, many re-reads. ... on October 8, 2014
"...Although this piece is very short, in terms of the number of words she has written, the message you might harvest from this sensitive work will stay with you for a very long time. ..." - Michael McManus for Readers' Favorite
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About Cristiane Serruya

Cristiane Serruya is Brazilian and lives in Rio de Janeiro, with her husband and two teenage daughters.

She has studied in England, France, Italy, and Switzerland and graduated in Law, with a Master’s in Business Law and a BA in Fine Arts.

In 2012, she published her first romance, and is proud of the awards her novels have received.

She still works as a lawyer, but writing has become an essential part of her life, and a fulfilling adventure, as it allows her to make friends all over the world.

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