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Brazil Week 2017: Rio de Janeiro and Brazilian Literature: A Discussion With Ana Maria Machado

  • S-2.23 Strand Campus Strand London, England, WC2N 5RJ United Kingdom (map)

The Brazil Institute invites you to Brazil Week 2017.

Born and bred in Rio de Janeiro, Ana Maria Machado is one of the most prominent writers in Brazil. She is a member of Brazilian Academy of Letters and has written more than 100 books, including novels, essays and children’s stories, which have been translated into various languages. Her works have received numerous awards, including Casa de Las Americas, Jabuti, Hans Christian Andersen, and Machado de Assis. 

In this talk, Ana Maria Machado will focus on the city of Rio as a theme and a setting in Brazilian literature. Rio’s extraordinary landscape has historically had an entire web of contradictions and tensions inscribed across its face, in its shifting identities and configurations: as temporary capital of the Portuguese colonial empire from 1808 to 1822, as national capital until the inauguration of Brasília in 1960, as the “divided city” of the last fifty years, known for its spectacular scenery, its vibrant street culture, its social polarisation and conflict, and as the stage for massive carnival festivities and mega events such as the Football World Cup and the Olympics.

For a full schedule of Brazil Week activities, click here.