14 Incredible Brazilian to English Books Available

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Brazil has lots of culture and history, which you can see in its books. Brazilian writers tell stories about love, pain, corruption, cacao farms, feeling alone in the countryside, and the life full of chaos in cities. Here are 14 incredible Brazilian to English books available.

Incredible Brazilian to English Books Available 

Here are 14 incredible Brazilian to English books that have been translated into English:

Symphony in White by Adriana Lisboa, Translated by Sarah Green

“Symphony in White really caught my attention, I totally love it now. Clarice and Maria Ines are getting older in a quiet country house in rural Brazil. They both find their own paths away from their parents’ world.”

Rilke Shake by Angelica Freitas, Translated by Hilary Kaplan

In this small collection of poetry, Freitas plays with language, which turns outlines of queer, bold, humorous lines, evoking the good posture her mother tried to teach her, the rite of passage of getting her head shaved.

O Quinze, Rachel de Queiroz (1930)

Brazilian journalist, author, and diplomat Rachel de Queiroz published her first work, O Quinze, or “The Year Fifteen”, in 1930, when she was only 20 years old.

The Feint, Sergio Rodrigues (2013)

Recently published by Brazilian journalist and author Sergio Rodrigues, The Feint features a weary sports commentator and equates the talents of soccer legends Didi, Zidane, and Falcão to the prose of Vladimir Nabokov.

Time and the Wind, Erico Verissimo (1951)

This epic by popular 20th-century writer Erico Verissimo comes in three parts.

We All Loved Cowboys by Carol Bensimon

We All Loved Cowboys is a poignant tale of two women who embark on a road trip across Brazil, rekindling their friendship and exploring their past.

Amora: Stories by Natalia Borges Polesso

Amora: Stories is a collection of short stories that explore the lives of Brazilian women, their relationships, and their experiences.

The Jaguar and Other Stories by Joao Guimaraes Rosa

The Jaguar and Other Stories is a collection of tales that delve into the heart of Brazilian life, exploring the country’s culture, history, and people.

What Are the Blind Men Dreaming? by Noemi Jaffe

What Are the Blind Men Dreaming? is a powerful exploration of memory, identity, and the impact of the past on the present.

Blue Flowers by Carol Saavedra

Blue Flowers is a haunting novel that explores the complexities of love and loss. It is is a novel that delves into the themes of dark obsession, missed connections, and violent love.

The protagonist, Marcos, has recently divorced and moved into a new apartment. He starts receiving letters from an anonymous woman, who is clearly heartbroken and believes she is writing to her ex-lover, the former tenant. 

There Were Many Horses by Luiz Ruffato

“There Were Many Horses” is a collection of interconnected stories that provide a snapshot of life in São Paulo on May 9, 2000. It is a classic of Brazilian literature that follows the lives of three girlhood friends from their meeting in a convent school to adulthood.

Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon by Jorge Amado 

“Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon” is a romantic tale set in the small Brazilian town of Ilhéus during the 1920s. The book tells two separate however related tales, first one is about, the romance between Nacib Saad, who is a respectable bar owner of Syrian origin, and his new cook named Gabriela, an sweet and captivating migrant worker from the poor interior.

The Chandelier by Clarice Lispector

The Chandelier is a profound exploration of consciousness and existence. It is is a profound exploration of consciousness and existence. The story follows the life of Virginia, who seeks freedom through creation.

The drama of her life is almost entirely internal, as she sculpts clay figurines from childhood and strives to shape her world. 

The Three Marias by Rachel De Quieroz

The Three Marias is a classic of Brazilian to English translate literature, which explores the lives of three women in the early 20th century.

Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon by Jorge Amado

Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon is a vibrant tale of love and change in a small Brazilian town.

Some FAQs

What are some Brazilian to English available books?

Some Brazilian books available in English include “Symphony in White” by Adriana Lisboa, “Rilke Shake” by Angélica Freitas, “Dom Casmurro” by Machado de Assis, and “Complete Stories” by Clarice Lispector.

Are Paulo Coelho’s books available in English?

Yes, Paulo Coelho’s books, including his well-known “The Alchemist”, are available in English.

Are there any Brazilian graphic novels available in English?

Yes, for example, the graphic novel “Daytripper” by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá was written in English.

Are all Brazilian books translated into English?

No, not all Brazilian books are translated into English. Some authors’ works may not be translated or may no longer be in print.

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