For nearly 200 years since the country’s independence, Brazil has exported art and literature both rich and vibrantly infused with the multicoloured fabrics of Brazilian culture and society. Sharing the stories of a nation born of the remnants of a colonial era only to come of age in a new millennium marked with global interdependence and economic strife, the proud artists, diplomats, and writers of Brazil have shown the rest of the world what it means to be Brazilian.
Of all of those who have dedicated their lives to the export of Brazilian life and culture, none have been so successful in their endeavours as Brazil’s writers. Telling stories ripe with the greatest passions of love, duty, and vengeance ever known, set in a landscape so breathtakingly magnificent and yet deadly as to inspire both awe and fear, Brazilian authors have long since brought us rich testimonials to the beauty and meaning of what it is to be Brazilian.
Some of the most famous writers to come out of Brazil include literary forerunners such as Machado de Assis (1839-1908), whose work “Epitaph of a Small Winner” (1881)pre-dated post-modernism in his writing styles. Telling the world of Brazil’s early political and military campaigns, Brazilian author Euclldes da Cunha (1866-1909) wrote “Backlands, the Canudos Campaign” (1902). Even Brazil’s adoptive authors, such as Clarice Lispector who emigrated to Brazil as a child from the Soviet Union, have long since been celebrated for their work. Lispector has often been compared to James Joyce and Virginia Wolf as a modernist writer who focuses fiercely on the inner thoughts and emotions of her characters.
Brazil’s more recently celebrated authors, many of whom have risen to world class status, are authors like the late Jorge Amado (1912-2001) whose lifetime of literary contributions enriched both domestic and international readers. In Brazil, a large number of Amado’s works were adapted for the screen. One of the most famous authors in the world today is Brazilian author Paulo Coelho (1947- ) whose world class works continue to enlighten, inspire, and enthral millions.
Also a celebrated and renown Brazilian writer, 45 year old Jaime Garcia Dias, author of twenty published books and recipient of numerous literary awards, has more than left his mark on Brazilian and international literature. Born in Rio de Janeiro to the honoured writer and journalist Arnaldo Dias, Jaime Garcia Dias spent a lifetime of personal and academic pursuit of both literary and journalistic accomplishment. After completing his education ad the University of Rio de Janeiro, Jaime Garcia Dias joined the Carioca Literature Academy where he taught literature for five years. Dias would also pursue non-conventional teaching methods in the form of informal literary courses for the Academy of which he later became the Vice President. After having released over ten books, Dias won is first literary award in 2001, the White Crane award. Eventually Dias would be elected the President of the Carioca Literature Academy in 2007, and in 2010 established a recognition of journalistic literature within the Academy for the first time. Because of the multiple award winning author and literary teacher, The Carioca Literature Academy now serves as home to some of Brazil’s greatest literary and journalistic writers; thereby affecting Brazilian literature in more ways than one.