Jorge Amado

Jorge Amado has become one of the most internationally recognized Brazilian authors with the greatest number of works translated into foreign languages—49 in total—and the most books adapted into Brazilian soap operas. Amado’s books have also been adapted into film and theatre plays, have been translated into braille and audio books for the blind and in terms of sales, have only been beaten by the indomitable Paulo Coelho. .......................................................................................................................................... Jorge Amado

As with many creative-types of his generation, Amado became tied up with the communist cause following the tragedy of World War II. For a time he believed communism was the only answer to the social injustice and inequality rife in Brazil, clearly evident in his home state of Bahia. Amado’s writing focused on the national traditions, folklore, politics and beliefs of the Brazilian people. ..........................................................................................................................................

Many highbrow critics shunned his style of writing, perceived as basic and simplistic at the time, but this style welcome readers to his work, pulling them into the daily lives of normal Brazilians and the little dramas that tag along. To many this explains the hugely successful transition of Amado’s works to film and television—his stories are expressed through characters and situations familiar to the Brazilian people. .......................................................................................................................................... Jorge Amado as a young man

During his lifetime Amado lived in exile, like many artists, in Argentina and Uruguay, living exclusively off the copyrights of his work. In 1959 he published Gabriela, Cravo e Canela (Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon), which was a best seller and a marked shift in his style of writing, away from social and political issues and towards a more traditional style of storytelling. He began to depict local customs more prominently and the regional realities of his time, marked by powerful colonels, popular stereotypes and sensual women. ..........................................................................................................................................

Jorge Amado is an acclaimed author and the recipient of many awards and prizes in Brazil and abroad. Like his fellow author Erico Verissimo, he was a representative of the Brazilian modernist tradition and is now a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. ..........................................................................................................................................

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