Advento no brasil Feliz Natal advent in Brazil

Sorry for my Portuguese speaking  friends if my title isn’t  quite right , Well I ve been going on for months if not years about the rise in Chinese fiction I felt was due (although I’ve not overly connect with Chinese fiction ) I have also had a back of my head that Brazil is going be a world power soon if it is  not already  I ve been wanting to do something Brazilian fiction as a little introduction and to build to a bigger Project when they host the  world cup in 2014 I m sure that Brazilian fiction may be the next Nordic crime  as these events get nearer people will want to learn and hopefully read fiction from Brazil .They also Have the  next Olympics in 2016 .So When Kimbfo ask for Brazilian books to read recently it set me thinking about my lack of Brazilian reading ,I have two books I ve reading recent  weeks .There is also the recent Michael Palin series set in Brazil which has given me a little background and knowledge of brazil as a whole  to also give me a nudge .So over next month December I will post on the books read and some I am getting ,also maybe talk a bit about things Brazilian I ve enjoyed over the years .I promise it won’t all be football but there will be some I mean to me as a child Brazil meant foot ball names like Pele ,Carlos Alberto ,Zico and Socrates conjured images of sun and great football skills .So you will learn maybe who Neymar is as well as who Joaquin Maria Machado de Assis .

Recent books from Brazil I ve read –

House of the Fortunate Buddhas by João Ubaldo Ribeiro

the second a new offering from Machlehose press

The Spies by Luís Fernando Veríssimo

Then the new issue of Granta is a Brazilian writer collection ,and I seen my library system has a Clarice Lispector novel(not the new ones thou if I get chance I may get one of these ). so that makes four books from Brazil at the moment  and a chance to turn December into a celebration of Brazilian Fiction for myself and Hopefully you as well ,so lets Samba on down over the end of year and Christmas .So if you’d like join and read some books from Brazil  please  tell me and we can all Samba in the cold of our December or the heat if your down under  .






9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. claire
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 20:14:24

    Stu, brilliant idea. If I can get my hands on a Brazilian work I’ll join you. If not, maybe you can host another one next time? 🙂


  2. kimbofo
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 21:46:01

    Excellent stuff, Stu! Will look forward to reading your posts and maybe reading a Brazilian novel, too! 🙂


  3. Heather
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 22:54:41

    I haven’t read any works from Brazil. Am looking forward to your reviews. Thanks for all you have introduced me to.


  4. claire
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 23:11:40

    Hi again, Stu. Ok, you convinced me. I’m joining in. Just realised how lacking I am in Brazilian lit. (I remember reading Luis Fernando Verissimo’s Borges and the Eternal Orangutans, that’s it.) This time I will be reading The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas by Machado de Assis. Very excited! Thanks, Stu!


  5. acommonreaderuk
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 07:53:33

    Interesting! Although I’ve never read anything from a Brazilian novelist, I have just received this quarter’s Granta magazine entitled The Best of Young Brazilian Novelists


  6. parrish lantern
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 20:18:01

    Another great idea, although not a fan of the footie.


  7. 1streading
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 18:40:54

    Just posted a review of Machado de Assis’ The Alienist before reading this – should have waited! However, also recently aquired a copy of The Spies. What about Jorge Amado? – I seem to remember reading him years ago. Anyway, I think you’re definitely on to something…


  8. JoV
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 20:46:29

    I haven’t a clue about Brazilian books. I’ll watch this space to see what books are available out there. All the very best!


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