Brazilian Authors Series: the fantastic world of Nikelen Witter


Historian and writer Nikelen Witter 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).

Science fiction and fantasy are commonly explored by Nikelen, who develops stories inspired by regional tales that are full of Brazilian cultural elements and by the national history. Her most recent book, “Viajantes do Abismo” (Travelers of the Abyss), is a finalist of the Jabuti Awards 2020, in the Entertainment Novel category. 

Other works by Nikelen won important prizes. The novel “Guanabara Real: Alcova da Morte” (Real Guanabara: The Bedroom of Death) (Editora Avec) won the Le Blanc Award in the Fantasy, Science Fiction or Horror category. The book is the collective work of Witter plus Enéias Tavares and André Zanki Cordenonsi. Each author wrote 7 of the 21 chapters of the story, composing a narrative mosaic that combines the views of different characters.

Graduated in History from Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Nikelen has a Master’s Degree in Brazilian History from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUC-RS) and a Doctoral Degree in Social History from Universidade Federal Fluminense (2007). The writer is also involved in studies of gender issues and the history of contemporary women

Her bibliography also includes “Territórios Invisíveis” (Invisible Territories) (Avec Editora) and “Dezessete Mortos” (Seventeen Dead People) (Avec Editora), as well as several short stories in anthologies, such as “Pena e o Imperador” (Pena and the Emperor) (ed. Estronho); “O Terror dos teus Inimigos” (The Terror of the Enemies), in “História Fantástica do Brasil, vol.2, Guerra dos Farrapos” (The Fantastic History of Brazil, vol. 2, The Farroupilha Revolution) (ed. Estronho, 2012); “Embornal dos Olhos” (Feedbag of Eyes), in “Quando o Saci Encontra os Mestres do Terror” (When Saci Meets the Horror Masters) (ed. Estronho, 2013); “A Devoradora de Mundos” (The World Devourer), in “Contos do Dragão” (The Dragon Tales) (ed. Draco); and Mary G., in “Autores Fantásticos” (Fantastic Authors) (ed. Argonautas).

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.