Brazilian Authors Series: the career of João Gilberto Noll 


João Gilberto Noll is the writer of “Lorde” (Lord), winner of the Jabuti Awards 2020 in the Brazilian Book Published Abroad category. He is the guest of this week in the Brazilian Authors Series, which 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).

Since the release of his first book, it was clear that Noll would have a successful career as a writer. “O Cego e a Dançarina” (The blind man and the dancer), published in 1980, was the winner of the Jabuti Awards 1981 in the New Writer category. For such title he also won prizes conferred by the Art Critics Association of São Paulo (APCA) and the Brazilian Book Institute (in the Fiction of the Year category).

Noll was also acclaimed in the academic field. He acted as a visiting professor at the Berkeley University, in the USA, and participated in the writers’ residency program of the King’s College, in London, in 2004. Based on his experiences in England he wrote the book “Lorde”, which was second place in the Jabuti Awards 2005, in the Novel category. In 2020, the book won such award in the Brazilian Book Published Abroad category, after being published in the United States by Two Line Press. Noll also won Jabuti trophies in other occasions: in 1994 for “Harmada” (Harmada) (1993) and in 1997 for “A Céu Aberto” (Under the open sky) (1996), both in the Novel category, and in 2004 for “Mínimos, Múltiplos, Comuns” (Minimal, multiple, ordinary) (2003), in the Short Story and Chronicle category.

In 2000, Noll was selected to be part of the book “Os Cem Melhores Contos Brasileiros do Século” (Top 100 Brazilian Short Stories of this Century), and “Harmada” features the 100 Brazilian Essential Books list of Bravo! magazine.

Noll was born in Porto Alegre in 1946. He graduated in Arts – Languages from Faculdade Notre Dame, in Rio de Janeiro, the city where he worked for years as a journalist. He had nineteen books published in his life. His works “Harmada” and “Hotel Atlântico” (Atlantic Hotel), as well as his short story “Alguma coisa urgentemente” (Something urgent), were adapted for the big screen. The writer died in 2017 in his hometown. 

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.