Brazilian Authors Series: art and literature according to Veronica Stigger


A finalist in the Jabuti Awards 2020, writer Veronica Stigger is the guest of this week in the Brazilian Authors Series. The series is an initiative of Brazilian Publishers — an industry project fostering the exports of Brazilian editorial content by means of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).

With more than ten titles in her bibliography, Veronica is one of the most acclaimed Brazilian contemporary writers. For her novel “Opisanie świata” (Cosac Naify, 2013), she won  the Machado de Assis Prize 2013 conferred by the Brazilian National Library Foundation, the Azorean Book Award in the Novel category and the São Paulo Prize for Literature in the New Writer Aged Under 40 category, the last two in the year of 2014.

Her most recent book is entitled “Sombrio Ermo Turvo” (Dark desolate indistinct), published in 2019 by Todavia, for which she was nominated for the Jabuti Awards 2020. The book is also among the finalists of the Oceanos Awards. 

But there’s more. In 2017, Veronica won the Jabuti Award for “Sul” (South), a book of short stories and chronicles first published in Argentina in 2013, then in Brazil in 2016 by Editora 34. Among her works we highlight: “Os anões” (The dwarves) (Cosac Naify, 2010), “Delírio de Damasco” (Apricot delirium) (Cultura e Barbárie, 2012), the children’s books “Dora e o sol” (Dora and the sun) (Editora 34, 2010) and “Onde a onça bebe água” (Where the jaguar drinks water) (Cosac Naify, 2015), written with Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, and “O trágico e outras comédias” (Tragedy and other comedies), her first book, published in Portugal in 2003 and in Brazil in 2004 by 7Letras. 


Born in Porto Alegre, Stigger is a writer, journalist, professor and art critic. She graduated in Journalism from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and has a doctoral degree in Art Theory and Criticism from Universidade de São Paulo. 

As a fine arts curator, she organized the exhibitions “Maria Martins: Metamorfoses” (Maria Martins: Metamorphosis) in 2013, which won the Art Critics Association of São Paulo (APCA) Prize, and “Útero do Mundo” (The world’s womb) in 2016, both at the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art (MAM). In 2015, Veronica organized, with Eduardo Sterzi, the exhibition of photographs by anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro entitled “Variações do corpo selvagem” (Variation of the wild body), at SESC Ipiranga, in São Paulo.

About the Series: Brazilian Authors

In order to stimulate knowledge about Brazilian contemporary literature, Brazilian Publishers, an industry project fostering exports of Brazilian editorial content through a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil), created the series “Brazilian Authors”, which brings information about current national writers.

About Brazilian Publishers

Created in 2008, Brazilian Publishers is a sector project that encourages the export of content produced by Brazilian publishing houses. It is a result of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber – CBL and Apex-Brasil (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency). This initiative aims to promote the Brazilian publishing industry in the global market, contributing to the professionalization of the nation’s publishing houses.