Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Veiga, José J

(1915-1999) Brazilian writer, closely associated with Magic Realism and the fantastic. Also a journalist, he worked in London for the BBC 1945-1949; back in Brazil he became a translator for the Brazilian edition of Reader's Digest. His first book was Os Cavalinhos de Platiplanto ["The Little Horses of Platiplanto"] (coll 1959), whose stories are mostly about rural life. His first novel, an immediate success, was A Hora dos Ruminantes (1966; trans Pamela G Bird as The Three Trials of Manirema 1970 US), in which a small village is taken over by strange men before being invaded by dogs and then cattle. It was followed by A Máquina Extraviada (coll 1967; trans Bird as The Misplaced Machine and Other Stories 1970 US), Sombras de Reis Barbudos ["Shadows of Bearded Kings"] (1972) and Os Pecados da Tribo ["The Sins of the Tribe"] (1976). Veiga's stories are a clever mix of rural-life naturalism and the Kafkaesque, in which many critics see allegories of Brazil under military rule. A Casca da Serpente ["The Serpent's Skin"] (1989) features Brazilian historical figures like Antonio Conselheiro (a messianic 19th-century leader), the poet Sousândrade and the Russian anarchist Piotr Kropotkin. [BT]

José J Veiga


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