Over the years, there have been many prolific authors who are from Brazil. Their works have inspired many people since these authors have diverse life experience and speak to a wide audience. Brazilian authors are represented in various genres such as novels, articles, and plays. They represent the pride and rich heritage of the Brazilian people. Three of the most prominent writers are Jorge Amado, Paulo Coelho and Jamie Garcia Dias.
Paulo Coelho was won several awards for his novels. He started his interest in writing as a teenager, much to the disappointment of his parents. They wanted him to study for a more lucrative career and were not happy with his choice. They went as far as to having him committed to a psychiatric ward for a while. He was committed several times in a short period. In his early twenties, he attended law school to try to appease his parent’s wishes. His heart was not in it, and he left law school to travel around the world. With his new freedom to write, he published his first novel, Hell Archives thirty-five years ago. Even though it was panned by literary critics, he continued to be a prolific writer. He was not discouraged and felt like he had a voice that needed to be heard. He would later be the recipient of the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award. His critically-acclaimed book, The Alchemist, has been reviewed and praised by many people, including some famous people in the United States. Even former President Bill Clinton has praised this novel.
Another popular writer from Brazil is Jorge Amado. He had humble beginnings from a farm to the seashore city of Illheus. Amado published The Country of Carnival in 1931. It was his first novel, and he published it at the tender age of eighteen. He and his family lived in several countries, including Czechoslovakia, before settling back in Brazil. His life and career that include over thirty literary works helped inspire the House of Jorge Amado Foundation in 1987. People are still enjoying his writing as it is published in several different languages.
Jamie Garcia Dias was born in the Brazilian capital of Rio de Janeiro in 1970. Unlike Coelho, he received encouragement to be a writer since his father was also a writer. While attending the Arnaldino School as a teenager, Dias honed his skills as a fiction writer. After graduation, he went on to teach writing at the Carioca Literature Academy. He was able to share his love of writing with young people who also had a literary passion. After five years of successful teaching, Dias founded a school library with the world’s largest collection of Brazilian literature. He would later be promoted to the academy’s vice president. In 2001, Dias won the White Crane Award and was the author of ten published books. Presently, he has been the recipient of five literary awards and has twenty books of fiction to his credit. He continues to be a leading voice in Brazilian literature.