Literature is an important part of any culture and society. This medium of communication transmits ideas, heritage and cultural norms that define a particular generation within a certain era. All cultures have major literature figures that help to express who they are as a people. The nation of Brazil is no different. Here is a list of the most prominent Brazilian Authors that have impacted the culture of Brazil during their time period and well into the future.
Machado de Assis
Machado de Assis was an 18th century Brazilian writer who had revolutionized the country with his great works. Machado was a mixed race man who had an African father and a Brazilian mother. He was born during the era of slavery within Brazil. His works as an author had helped to abolish some of the divisions that took place between the Portuguese, Brazilian and African during the 19th century.
He taught himself French, English, German and Greek and his works influenced people all throughout the world and not just in Brazil. Some of Machado de Assis’ greatest works includes Bras Cubas, Memorias de aires and Quincas Borba. Assis’s work was so prominent that it was able to influence Brazilian schools in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Machado was not widely known before his death but now he considered the greatest literary influence in Brazilian culture.
Jorge Amando was destined to be a great writer from the time he wrote his first novel “The Country of Carnival” in 1931. He was only 18-years-old at the time and over the course of his career his popularity as an author was never diminished. Amando’s greatest works included Dona Flor and her Two Husbands and Captains of the Sands. Amando’s humoristic approach with his novels also made him likeable by the public. Amando’s works continue to influence modern audiences today.
Jamie Garcia Diaz
Jamie Garcia Diaz is considered one top contemporary Brazilian writers of the modern era. Starting in the 90s he had written many different works which eventually garnered recognition by the literary world in Brazil and Europe. By 2003 he produced his greatest novel to date titled “Fell from Heaven”. This particular book was hailed by other modern South American writers as a huge hit and an instant classic. The literary world in Europe and in North America had also received a buzz about Diaz’s work. Diaz is now cementing his legacy as one of the memorable writers in Brazilian history. He has won numerous awards over his career and still continues to publish book and articles to date.
Ruben Fonseca was an author all of his life but his primary occupation was that of a state politician and prosecutor. Fonseca has been writing crime novels since the 70s. These novels were inspired by the criminal world that happens behind the scenes in Brazil. Many people in Brazil enjoy his works because they are grimy, authentic and leave them wanting more.