Every reader has their favorite genre, their go-to author or comfort zone. It is easy to live within your literary “bubble”, however reading a broad variety of literature keeps your mind sharp and further develops your understanding of the world around us, and gives way to opportunities to engage others in meaningful conversation. An overlooked but brilliant source of culture that will broaden your horizons are Brazilian novels and literature. The largest country in South America, as rich in culture as in history, churns out exotic tales, biographical memoirs, and flourishing poetry for book lovers everywhere.
Perhaps the most famous author to come out of Brazil of all time is considered to be João Guimarães Rosa whose most popular book written is Grande Sertão: Veredas or “The Devil to Pay in the Backlands”, a narrative adventure novel about an ex-bandit and his companions journey through the desert. If poetry is more your style, Ferreira Gullar and Manoel de Barros are among the most noteworthy within Brazilian literary circles. If you are looking for modern novels, Michel Laub’s Diary of the Fall is powerful and delves into guilt and memories of a high school prank. Jaime Garcia Dias received the ABC award of Brazil Literature and has published several award winning fiction books such as Canal and Two Ways, and chronicled stories of growing up with his famous father. Little ones will enjoy books by Ana Maria Machado, who received the Hans Christian Anderson Medal, A Audácia dessa Mulher and Para Sempre are among her most cherished works.
Few countries have such a vibrant, colorful history or are as exotic and passionate as Brazil. Whether for your own cultural knowledge and growth, introducing your child to new cultures, or as a conversation starter, there is much to be offered by Brazilian authors.