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Jorge Amado, August 10, 1912 - August 6, 2001 Elected to the Brazilian Academy of Letters, Jorge Amado possesses a talent for storytelling as well as a deep concern for social and economic justice. He was born in Bahia, Brazil, in 1912. Some critics claim that his early works suffer from his politics. Others commonly express reservations concerning Amado's sentimentality and erotico-mythic stereotyping. In the works represented in English translation, his literary merits prevail. The Violent Land (1942) chronicles the development of Brazilian territory and struggles for its resources, memorializing the deeds of those who built the country. Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon (1958), which achieved critical and popular success in both Brazil and the United States, tells a sensual love story of a Syrian bar owner and his beautiful cook. Home Is the Sailor (1962) introduces Captain Vasco Moscoso de Aragao, a comic figure in the tradition of Don Quixote. In Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1966), Amado introduced the folk culture of shamans and Yorube gods. The protagonists of Shepherds of the Night (1964) are Bahia's poor. (Bowker Author Biography) Jorge Amado has been called the greatest twentieth-century Brazilian novelist. He was born in 1912 in Ilheus, in the northeastern-most state of Bahai. This area serves as the backdrop for most of Amado's work, which reflects a deep appreciation of the Brazilian essence. Amado's works have made him a national figure in Brazil. Amado's early novels were shaped by a belief in Marxism, and relate the sufferings of humble fishermen and cocoa plantation workers. By the 1950s, he had turned his attention to the plight of middle-class Bahains. This more jovial approach brought him worldwide acclaim, and his keen comic sense and appreciation of the common man have drawn comparisons to the novels of Charles Dickens. Music, cuisine, and passion figure prominently in Amado's literary output. Amado's works have been translated from Portuguese into more than forty languages, have sold over fifty million copies worldwide, and have been reworked for film, television, and stage. His portraits of commanding female characters, including Gabriela from Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon, and Dona Flor from Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, have been adapted to the screen, and actress Sonia Braga earned her initial success in these roles. Other titles include The Sand Captains; Memory of a Child; The War of the Saints; and Home Is the Sailor. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon… (more)
Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon 1,405 copies, 22 reviews
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands 1,267 copies, 28 reviews
Captains of the Sands (Author) 809 copies, 18 reviews
Tent of Miracles 456 copies, 7 reviews
Home Is the Sailor 338 copies, 9 reviews
The War of the Saints 291 copies, 5 reviews
Sea of Death (Author) 273 copies, 3 reviews
Tieta do Agreste 270 copies, 6 reviews
Showdown 269 copies, 9 reviews
The Violent Land 268 copies, 7 reviews
Jubiabá 258 copies, 3 reviews
Shepherds of the Night 199 copies, 3 reviews
Cacao 147 copies, 3 reviews
The Golden Harvest 98 copies, 2 reviews
Il paese del carnevale 84 copies, 6 reviews
Seara Vermelha 77 copies, 2 reviews
Sudore 74 copies, 1 review
Agonia della notte 45 copies, 1 review
Il ragazzo di Bahia 32 copies, 2 reviews
La Palla Innamorata 21 copies, 2 reviews
Los coroneles 7 copies, 1 review
Cacau 1 copy
The Devil to Pay in the Backlands (Introduction, some editions) 891 copies, 10 reviews
The Eye of the Heart: Short Stories from Latin America (Contributor) 146 copies, 2 reviews
Queremos tanto a Julio: 20 autores para Cortázar (Contributor) 4 copies, 1 review
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