Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Bonus Writer # 2: Jorge Amado

"Jorge Amado was born on August 10, 1912, in a city in southern Bahia (Brazil). He was the son of cocoa planter João Amado de Faria and Eulália Leal Amado.

His first novel, O país do carnaval (The Land of Carnaval), was published in 1931. In 1933 he married Matilde Garcia Rosa and they had a daughter named Lila. That same year he published his second novel, Cacau (Cocoa).

He graduated from the National Law School in Rio de Janeiro in 1935. As a communist militant, he was forced into exile in Argentina and Uruguay in 1941 and 1942, a period when he traveled extensively throughout Latin America. He and Matilde Garcia Rosa separated when he returned to Brazil in 1944.

Jorge Amado's literary works have been adapted to the screen, stage and television countless times, and are even the theme of Carnival parades throughout Brazil. His books have been translated into 49 languages and published in 55 countries.

Jorge Amado died in Salvador on August 6, 2001. He was cremated and his ashes were buried in the garden of his home on Alagoinhas Street on August 10th, the day he would have marked his 89th birthday. "

In all honesty this is the first time I´ve read Amado´s biography. I read one of his books back in the eighties and found it extremely funny. It was about an image of Santa Barbara, saint patron of the storms and her counterpart in the local religion.

Not Lo yet but it is in it´s planning stage.

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