#WorldKidLitWednesday: Along the Tapajós

How about traveling somewhere exciting and new from the comfort and safety of your home? Picture books are a wonderful way for readers of all ages to experience different places, cultures, people and stories. And Along the Tapajós certainly fits the bill. Written and illustrated by Fernando Vilela and translated from the Portuguese by Daniel … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Along the Tapajós

A month of Brazilian Literature

In recent years, Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector has been rediscovered in the Anglo-Saxon world. This phenomenon, also described as “Hurricane Clarice” (Benjamin Moser), was the result of the increase in the translations of her works into English. Some of her novels and short stories have been translated several times. Benjamin Moser’s Clarice Lispector biography Why … Continue reading A month of Brazilian Literature

Antonio Candido: Restless intelligence, impeccable integrity

By Luiza Franco Moreira (Binghamton University) A passage from an essay by Antonio Candido on Kafka’s “The Great Wall of China” has come to my mind quite often in the past few years: "The complex organization of the empire, expressed in the immense effort of building a wall, rests on reasons that cannot be known. … Continue reading Antonio Candido: Restless intelligence, impeccable integrity

Children’s Literature in Brazil

(Illustration: A group of famous children's characters of Brazil created by Daniel Azulay who passed away in March due to complications from COVID-19) Children’s literature has an important influence on the formation of collective imagination in Brazil. I will try to summarize in this post some of the highlights of this rich tradition. Clarice Lispector’s … Continue reading Children’s Literature in Brazil

The Signatures and Geographies of Luciany Aparecida

By Sarah Rebecca Kersley Considered by many readers as one of the most exciting emerging contemporary authors in Brazil at the moment, Luciany Aparecida is a writer whose work is increasingly gaining attention for its fresh and experimental style. Each of the different genres in which she writes brings a singular take, via the narratives … Continue reading The Signatures and Geographies of Luciany Aparecida

Why is Graciliano Ramos barely read outside of Brazil?

By Padma Viswanathan Why is Graciliano Ramos not read more widely outside of Brazil?* All educated Brazilians have read at least one of his books and more avid readers will readily name a favorite among his novels. In 1941, a national literary poll in Brazil named him one of the country’s ten greatest novelists—one of … Continue reading Why is Graciliano Ramos barely read outside of Brazil?

#StayHome with Brazilian Literature

Staying home can be an opportunity to discover new literary worlds. Here are some picks from Brazilian literature that are available in English. What are the Blind Men Dreaming by Noemi Jaffe. Noemi Jaffe "Three generations of women reflect, in their own words, on the Holocaust and bearing witness in Jewish and Brazilian identity. In … Continue reading #StayHome with Brazilian Literature

Brazilian Literature Worldwide: The Role of the Translator

By Dr. Cimara Valim de Melo In the course of the first two decades of the 21st century, a number of questions have been raised on how to promote Brazilian literature in a globalized – but still greatly hegemonic – system. So-called world literature still remains a territory for Anglophone societies, mostly accessed by English … Continue reading Brazilian Literature Worldwide: The Role of the Translator

Feeling the Pulse of Brazil with Eliane Brum

By Basak Bingol Yuce “She is proof that reality can inflict a pain unknown in fiction.” This is how Eliane Brum describes Enilda, one of the women whose story interweaves with many other “living mothers of a dead generation," the title of one of Brum's stories. It also explains my response to Brum's brilliant book, … Continue reading Feeling the Pulse of Brazil with Eliane Brum

Brazilian Literary Spring

By Leonardo Tonus The Brazilian Literary Spring (Printemps Littéraire Brésilien) is an annual festival that aims to promote the study of Portuguese-language literature and humanities in institutions located beyond the borders of “Lusofonia.” The idea was born in 2014, in the Brazilian literature classes that I teach at the Sorbonne, in Paris. In a way, … Continue reading Brazilian Literary Spring