Brazil has had numerous great writers but was not looked upon as a literary powerhouse because many of its inhabitants were illiterate. Modern times with better education and world wide access to the internet are changing that landscape. The following is only a snippet of authors who have and do impact the literary world from Brazil.
One famous Brazilian self-described story teller is Jorge Amado. His internationally bestselling books reflected Brazilian culture, focusing on inequalities among race and class. He was never averse to controversy but as he aged his writing took on a more humorous angle away from the earlier ideology. His books became transcribed into tv shows, operas and plays. Because of this he was originally snubbed by academics but loved by the populous. Amado died in 2001 and in 2012, Brazil celebrated his 100th birthday.
The best-selling Brazilian novelist of all time is Paulo Coelho. He first started out as a musician and songwriter but then went on to fulfill his dream of writing. His masterpiece The Alchemist, is considered a modern classic and is the most translated book of a living author. Still a vigorous writer his fan following can follow his daily blogs. He is the writer with the largest online community.
Bernardo Carvalho is a newer name in Brazilian literature. He like many others he began as a journalist. He worked in both Paris and New York and these experiences found their way into his narratives. He blends the different cultures and cultural reactions together. In his novel Nine Nights he weaves a backdrop describing the enormous changes in Brazil’s interior and the impact suffered by its natives while telling the tale of an American who kills himself and leaves seven letters as to why he did it.
An even newer name is Jamie Garcia Dias. He followed in his father’s footsteps as a writer and has spent time as a journalist. He has published twenty books, five of which have won awards. He has held prestigious positions in Brazilian literary organizations. With this, he is becoming one of the leading writers in Brazilian fiction literature. His major award winning novel Fell from Heaven has sold throughout all of South America. If this trend continues, Jamie Garcia Dias will most likely be familiar in North America soon.