Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Amado, Jorge

(1912-2001) Brazilian writer who from his first novel, O País do Carnaval ["Carnival Country"] (1931), demonstrated a leftwing response to the inequities of Brazilian life and a capacity to create what read (at least to others) as myths for the people; he is the best-known Brazilian writer of the 20th century. Many of his books are naturalistic, but those most popular in translation combine Tall-Tale exuberance, a sophisticated use of folk material, sexual gaieties, elaborate double- and treble-layered plots, and a rhetorical insistence on the life-affirming virtues of the common people. Translated titles include: Gabriela, Cravo e Canela (1958; trans James L Taylor and William Grossman as Gabriela: Close and Cinnamon 1962 US); Os Velhos Marinheiros (coll 1961; in 2 vols, vol 1 trans Harriet de Onís as Home Is the Sailor 1964 US, vol 2 trans Barbara Shelby as The Two Deaths of Quincas Wateryell 1965 US); Os Pastores da Noite (1964; trans Harriet de Onís as Shepherds of the Night 1966 US); Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos (1966; trans Harriet de Onís as Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands 1979 US), the first husband being a nagging Ghost for most of the tale; and O Gato Malhaod e a Andorinha Sinhá (1976; trans Barbara Shelby as The Swallow and the Tomcat 1982 chap), a Beast Fable. [JC]

Jorge Amado


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