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message 1: by Brent (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:34AM) (new)

Brent | 8 comments Mod
Perhaps the most widely-translated Brazilian author these days - after Paulo Coelho - is Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza. He writes detective/crime fiction set in present-day Rio de Janeiro and I'm guessing American readers/goodreads members will enjoy. The stories are lots of fun. After you've read Garcia-Roza, it'll be time to move on to the master of the genre in Brazil: Rubem Fonseca.

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Juliana (lacot) | 1 comments I had no idea he was so famous out there! I've read about him but I've never read any of his books. Maybe I'll look for them now. ;)

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Astier Basílio (astierb) | 5 comments Hi, guys, I'm brazilian and I can tell you that there are another writers whose work is similiar to Rubem Fonseca such as Patricia Melo and Marçal Aquino

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Michael | 4 comments heard of rubem fonseca but not found him at library: what would you suggest as his best?
have read Melo but not Aquino: what would you suggest as his best?

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Astier Basílio (astierb) | 5 comments Well, in my opinion about Rubem Fonseca you can take this book: "Taker and Other Stories" ( It's a masterpeace. Aquino is better than Melo but I couldn't find his books in English. By the Way I wrote him and I asked about.

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Michael | 4 comments thanks for suggestion. melo is ok, but i guess i rank brazilian books by amado, who i really liked when i first read brazilian lit. what am i missing with aquino?

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Astier Basílio (astierb) | 5 comments Currently, if you wanna know the truth, Amado isn't read anymore like was in Brazil. Maybe because he represents certain vision of country that belongs the past or his stories got old. Honestly, I don't know what. Aquino is similar to Melo. I guess he is more, how can I tell you?, artistic, but they are almost in the same level

message 8: by Michael (new)

Michael | 4 comments i do not read amado much anymore either, but i have pleasant memories. i guess growing up i have become more aware of the politics of gender and wealth distribution, and his stories have old, conservative, misogynist, attitude. but who represents brazil now? i have enjoyed machado de assis but i imagine he is even older vision. i am not interested that much in crime as how its portrayal reflects a given culture. as my shelves show, i do read a lot of crime fiction.

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Jano (fabulario) | 1 comments Even though Machado de Assis is older than Amado, his books still deeply represent the brazilian society. I don't know any author of the present days which could be that representative, but I'll do some research.

message 10: by Gisele (new)

Gisele (bananafishes) Regarding the representation of Brazillian society, I guess Marçal Aquino is a very fine example: his books portray this urban, modern, but still very unfair society we have. And - to keep this answer on topic - he is a fine author of "detective stories".

But I would recommend strongly Rubem Fonseca, most of all. I really believe he Brazil's most important author nowadys, and has been relevant for decades now. I recommend Vast Emotions and Imperfect Thoughts

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Brent | 8 comments Mod
Good suggestions!

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