Although it may seem unexpected, Brazil has a strong writing culture that has produced a number of brilliant writers. Brazil has a cultural background that is made up of European settlers, African slaves, and Native Americans that brings about its distinct flavor in literature. Next time you pick up a book be sure to check out these five authors.
Machado de Assis (1839-1908)
Machado was of mixed-race and contributed to progressing society during a time when slavery was still accepted. Considered one the prominent writers in Brazilian literature, Machado is most known for is piece Epitaph of a Small Winner (1881). The novel encompasses the memoirs of a dead man on his rather normal life with philosophical digressions and cheerful insights.
Jorge Amado (1912-2001)
Amado was one of Brazil’s most beloved authors and has a number of works that gained both wide spread appeal to the masses and critics alike. Some of his more famous works include Captains of the Sands (1937), Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon (1958), and Dona Flor and her Two Husbands (1966). Each of the former mentioned titles are contemporary classics in Brazilian literature. His stories were so popular that they some of them were adapted for both television and movies with the most notable being Dona Flor and her Two Husbands.
Rubem Fonseca (1925-)
Rebum Fonseca uses his life work to draw on experience for the creation of short stories he has written during his life time. As a former policeman and state prosecutor, Fonseca became a master of storytelling crime fiction in an urban setting. He has recently had two of his more popular short story collections, Take and Other Stories (2008) and Crimes of August (2014), translated into English.
Paulo Coelho (1947-)
Likely Brazil’s best-selling author ever, Paulo found success after a very interesting life that led him from a mental institution to a career as a musician and songwriter to his ultimate goal of being a writer. His most notable works include The Alchemist (1984) and By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (1994).
Jaime Garcia Dias (1970-)
A newer up and coming writer, Jaime Garcia Dias (LinkedIN)has established himself in the literary world with a collection of awards for his works. Most recently he has received the ABC Award of Brazilian Fiction. The author (Twitter) began his writing career at the young age of 15 years old with his inspiration coming from his father who was also a writer and journalist. He has now published a total of 20 books during his writing career. Five of those have received awards: Fell from Heaven, Two Ways, Canal, Clouds,and Tiny.