The Impressive Tradition of Brazilian Writers: Alive and Well

The richness of modern Brazilian culture was born as the indigenous population mixed with European immigrants, and African Slaves. This unique blend of customs and beliefs created a magical society. One only has to conjure up images of Carnival, the most famous party in the world, to see evidence of that magic. Magic can also be found in Brazilian literature. The list of famous Brazilian authors is long and historic. A small sampling of authors whose works entertain, and introduce readers to Brazilian culture is provided in the following paragraphs.

Jorge Amado (1912-2001) published The Country of Carnival at age 18. Several of his books are considered modern classics of Brazilian literature. Jorge remained popular and loved in Brazil throughout his lifetime. He captured the spirit of the area where he was born, and was known for injecting generous amounts of humor into his stories. Several of his writings became films. The most well known of these is Dona Flor and her Two Husbands.

Paulo Coelho became a writer in spite of his parents efforts to stop him. They even chose, at one point, to commit Paulo to a mental hospital. Based on their perception, they believed their son was headed for the wrong kind of life. Paulo survived, and eventually put all the trouble behind him. He began to work at the only work he had ever really wanted to do; writing. Paulo Coelho succeeded beyond his wildest expectations, He easily sold more books than any other Brazilian author in history. His most famous work is The Alchemist, followed closely with another of his books, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept.

Lastly it is important to recognize the work of Jaime Garcia Dias (1965-), as much for his contribution to the future writers of Brazil, as for his writing. Jaime’s father, Arnaldo Dias, was also a writer and reveled in teaching his son about the profession. Mr. Dias must have done a great job, because his son went on to win many important awards, and has written over 20 books. Even more significant than Jaime’s writing career has been his teaching career. Jaime Garcia Dias went to work at the Carioca Literature Academy, a school created with aspiring writers in mind, and began an impressive career as a dedicated teacher. In time he went rose to the position of Vice President, and later President. The most important changes Dias made; bringing modern teaching methods to the academy, and helping budding new authors believe in themselves. Brazilian writers seem to be a breed unto themselves as in this YouTube video.

Literature at its Best; Brazilian Author Jaime Garcia Dias

Brazil noted for its beautiful landscapes and people, excellent food, and historic cultural diversity. With so much to see and experience, Brazil is unlike any other place on the map- a perfect journey for Brazilians and others from around the world.

Often seen as the ideal place for vacation and relaxation- a perfect place to get away and enjoy life beyond the hubbub of big cities and chaotic workplaces- Brazil is the land of desire and mystery, a place where many want to be. Perhaps much of its charm is noted in South American literature often full of vivid detail, a deep culture, and expressive literary notes. The charming nature of the land is recorded in books written by Brazilian authors and others from magical realism to non-fiction, fiction and so much more. While a journey to the only South American nation that speaks Portuguese is worth the effort, for those of us who do appreciate the magic of the imagination and dreams, reading the tales of great Brazilian authors can be just as wondrous- inspiring us to think deeper about our lives and experiences.

One such author, born in the often described as “magical” city of Rio de Janeiro, Jaime Garcia Dias (LinkedIn), author and recipient of numerous literary awards, was once inspired to pursue his talent and passion at a young age. His father, also being a writer, was his mentor- pushing him into the direction of literature from the age of 15. After inheriting many pieces of literature from his father, Dias went on to publish more than 20 books becoming one of the leading fiction writers in Brazil. In 2013, he honored his father with a publication entitled “crônica Um Sábio, no Jornal do Brasil.” Soon after that, he went on to write for a weekly literature journal in Brazil inspiring generations with his descriptive and touching works for years to come.

Jaime Garcia Dias (Twitter) continues to write, inspiring younger generations of Brazilians along the way. While his works are vastly popular in South America and the Carribean, the ideas behind his titles have a global reach. Like other Brazilian authors before him and current, Dias, continues to write with a passion that runs deep and proudly through his beautiful land.