Throughout history, many talented authors have emerged from the country of Brazil. These writers come from all walks of life and produce a wide range of work, from magazine articles and plays to novels enjoyed by many. Two prime examples who will be discussed are Jaime Garcia Dias (LinkedIn), Paulo Coelho, and Jorge Amado.
Born in 1970 to Arnaldo Dias and architect Garcia Dulce Dias in Rio de Janeiro, Jaime began his journey toward becoming an author fairly early in his life. His father was both a writer and journalist, and a great deal of Jaime’s inspiration came from him. At the age of 15, Jaime began to attend the Arnaldino school, and his desire to become a writer became stronger. By the time he had reached his early 20s, he started teaching teenagers who were aspiring writers at Carioca Literature Academy and remained there for five years before becoming vice president of the academy. Jaime was also responsible for creating the largest library dedicated to Brazilian literature. Before reaching age 30, Jaime Garcia Dias (Twitter) had already released over ten books, and won the White Crane award in 2001, his first literary award. Twenty published books and five awards later, Jaime has been listed as one of the leading writers of Brazilian fiction.
A second award winning novelist is Paulo Coelho. His interest in literature was sparked when he was a teenager. His parents had very conventional careers, and he was not encouraged by his mother to pursue a life of writing. At age 17, after years of struggling to oppose his parents wishes of leading a more conventional life, they committed him to a mental institution, where he was in and out of until age 20 before being released. Complying with the wishes of his mother and father, Paulo enrolled in a law school and abandoned the idea of ever becoming an author, but that only lasted so long before he decided to drop out and travel internationally. In 1982, Coelho finally managed to get his work published, Hell Archives, but it was not positively received. He continued on to write a novel every two years prior to winning the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. Paulo’s most famous work to date is The Alchemist, with many celebrities, including former United States president Bill Clinton, claiming it to have been life changing.
Third, but certainly not least, is Jorge Amado. The son of João Amado de Faria and D. Eulália Leal, Jorge was raised on a farm for the first year of his life until they moved to the coastal city of Ilhéus. In 1931, at age 18, Jorge published his first novel, The Country of Carnival. In the early 1940s, he wrote a piece and submitted it to a political newspaper that catered to the Nazi party and was later convinced he needed to go into exile but did not do so. Later in life life, Jorge and his family moved around quite a bit, from Czechoslovakia back to Brazil. He was able to successfully publish over 30 works of literature, and was the inspiration of the House of Jorge Amado Foundation, created in 1987. To this day, his work has never ceased to amaze and remains popular throughout the world.