Bringing generations together by using words: writer Jorge Miguel Marinho dies and leaves his legacy
In June 18th writer Jorge Miguel Marinho died at the age of 72 in São Paulo. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Marinho was graduated in Languages and got his Master’s Degree in Literature from the Universidade de São Paulo, and when he was 34 years old his first book, “O talho” (Deep cut), a collection of poems, was published. In 1987, Marinho decided to explore the children’s universe and then delighted generations of readers. However, the writer used to say that the reach of his stories would go beyond the young readers, and that it was never his intention to please just a specific audience.
In life, Marinho’s books such as “Lá longe no Chora Menino: Histórias de crianças para gente grande saber” (Back there in Chora Menino: Children’s stories that adults should read) and “A gravidade das coisas miúdas” (The gravity of small things), were published by publisher Sesi SP Editora, which is a member of Brazilian Publishers – an industry project fostering exports of Brazilian editorial content that was created by means of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).
He also inspired generations and always made clear that he wanted to bring people of all ages together by means of his stories: “I want to make adults to have contact with their inner children, and to make children to have contact with their inner adults. This is the way of loving literature: exploring its more sensitive feature; this is a way of making people from one age range to talk to people from a different age range, bringing them together by using words”, he stated.
In his book “A gravidade das coisas miúdas” the writer explores everyday actions in a very detailed way in order to explain the grandeur of all acts, despite of how simple and trivial they seem to be, and to show that, in the end, these small things are the ones that make life beautiful.
During his life, Marinho was given the Jabuti Award twice for his books “Te dou a lua amanhã” (I’ll give you the moon tomorrow) (1994) and “Lis no peito – um livro que pede perdão” (Lis in my heart – a book asking for forgiveness) (2006).
About Brazilian Publishers
Created in 2008, the Brazilian Publishers is an industry project that promotes exports of Brazilian editorial content through a partnership between Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil). The purpose of the initiative is promoting the Brazilian publishing sector in the global market in an oriented and articulated manner, contributing to the professionalization of publishing houses.