Brazilian Authors Series: Nélida Pinõn is a Brazilian literature icon


Writer Nélida Piñon is a Brazilian literature icon. She became the first woman to be the president of the Brazilian Academy of Literature and 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).

She debuted in literature in 1961, with the novel Guia-mapa de Gabriel Arcanjo (The guidebook of Gabriel Arcanjo). During almost 60 years of career, Nélida wrote over twenty books, including novels, chronicles, short stories and essays. Her titles were published in countries like the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain, Cuba and Nicaragua. 

Nélida has won many book prizes, such as the Jabuti Award in the Novel and Fiction of the Year categories for Vozes do deserto (Voices of the desert) (2004) and the Mário de Andrade Prize for the novel A casa da paixão (The house of passion) (1973). She also became, in 1995, the first woman and author writing in Portuguese language to win the Juan Rulfo Literary Prize, the most important book award in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2005 she won the Prince of Asturias Award for her set of works. 

Piñon’s bibliography also includes Madeira feita cruz (Cross made of wood) (1963), A república dos sonhos (The republic of dreams) (1984), A doce canção de Caetana (Caetana’s sweet song) (1987), O pão de cada dia (Everyday bread) (1994), Até amanhã outra vez (See you tomorrow, again) (1999), Filhos da América (Children of America) (2016) and Uma Furtiva Lágrima (A furtive tear) (2019), among others.

Graduated in Journalist from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Nélida worked as an editor and member of the editorial board of several magazines in Brazil and abroad. She also acted as a guest writer at the universities of Harvard, Columbia, Johns Hopkins and Georgetown, in the United States. In 1990, she became a Full Professor at the University of Miami, and in the same year she became a member of the Brazilian Academy of Literature.

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.