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Capitu, The Girl from Ipanema

Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa

(Image: Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa) BY ARY QUINTELLA Many years ago, on an autumn day, my sister was introduced to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Titina — she's always been known by her nickname — had just turned eighteen. The Prince is renowned for his infelicitous remarks. For some reason, my parents' divorce, … Continue reading Capitu, The Girl from Ipanema

Lygia Fagundes Telles, Master of the Human and the Fantastic

By Dr. Lorena Sales dos Santos My first contact with the work of Lygia Fagundes Telles was during my early years of college, during a summer vacation. My mother,  who was an avid reader and had recently started to write some short stories, was reading Telles’s book Antes do Baile Verde (Before the Green Ball … Continue reading Lygia Fagundes Telles, Master of the Human and the Fantastic

An online bookstore of Brazilian literature: Capitolina Books

Nara Vidal, Brazilian writer and the founder of Capitolina Books introduces her online bookstore devoted to Brazilian literature. Through its catalog, readers can browse in English. Capitolina's rich catalog is a treasure for librarians and publishers to meet new Brazilian writers. This is the story of Vidal's initiative: By Nara Vidal Officially it was September … Continue reading An online bookstore of Brazilian literature: Capitolina Books

Érico Veríssimo, the writer from the South of Brazil

By Dr. Cíntia Schwantes Érico Veríssimo was a Brazilian writer born in the extreme South of Brazil, in the city of Cruz Alta, on December 17, 1905. His father, the owner of the local drug shop, went bankrupt and he had to take care of his mother and younger siblings at an early age, following … Continue reading Érico Veríssimo, the writer from the South of Brazil

Japan’s “The Beast Player” and Finland’s “Maresi Red Mantle” Win 2020 GLLI Translated YA Book Prize

Winners Feature Striking Young Women Protagonists from Across the Globe The Beast Player, by Japan’s Nahoko Uehashi (translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano; Henry Holt & Co.) and Maresi Red Mantle, by Finland’s Maria Turtschaninoff (translated from the Swedish by A. A. Prime; Pushkin Press/Abrams Books) are co-winners of the 2020 GLLI Translated YA … Continue reading Japan’s “The Beast Player” and Finland’s “Maresi Red Mantle” Win 2020 GLLI Translated YA Book Prize

Brazil’s Biblioteca Nacional and Translation Support Program

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of translations from world literatures into English. This increase is, without a doubt, a result of the global interest in translated fiction. But in the case of Brazil, there is also another stimulus for the publishers around the world: Biblioteca Nacional’s Translation Support Program. … Continue reading Brazil’s Biblioteca Nacional and Translation Support Program

INTERVIEW WITH DARLENE J. SADLIER

Sadlier: “In my experience, few Brazilian writers appear on the shelves in U.S. public libraries, so I would be pleased to see any additional volumes.” Darlene J. Sadlier is one of the well-known academics in the U.S. studying the Portuguese-speaking world. Her book Brazil Imagined is the first comprehensive cultural history of Brazil to be … Continue reading INTERVIEW WITH DARLENE J. SADLIER

Welcome to the Brazilian Literature Month

April 2020 is the Brazilian literature month in Global Literature in Libraries Initiative. When things are falling apart in the world, we still believe in the power of literature to bond us together and provide a safe haven mentally. Throughout this month, I will present translated and untranslated works from Brazilian literature and try to … Continue reading Welcome to the Brazilian Literature Month

Eclipses and Breaks of Light (Arturo Desimone)

A translation of Eclipses y Fulgores, an interview of Argentinean surrealist Olga Orozco, with new preface. Born to the Pampas in 1920, Olga Orozco spent her adolescence in the coastal city of Bahía Blanca in Argentina, and made her artistic debut in the so-called “Generation of the 1940s” alongside authors like Enrique Molina and Edgar … Continue reading Eclipses and Breaks of Light (Arturo Desimone)

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Francesco Tirelli's Ice Cream Shop

Very few people have heard of Francesco Tirelli, one of the multitude of unsung heroes and heroines of World War II. Nor have they heard about how this Italian gelato aficionado emigrated to Hungary, opened a successful ice cream parlor in the middle of Budapest, and, years later, quietly saved many of his Jewish friends … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Francesco Tirelli's Ice Cream Shop