Thursday Book Roundup, Brazil Edition

Each week, I’ll be presenting a list of books with a particular theme. If you’d like to suggest a theme, a book, or something else, feel free to comment! This week’s theme is Brazil, which means the books below will either be set in Brazil, written by Brazilian authors, or be about Brazil…



by John Updike

brazil by john updike

If you enjoyed the Rabbit series of books depressing your pants off, you may enjoy this novel from Updike. Loosely based on the classic tale of Tristian and Iseoulde but – twist – set in Brazil, this book was published in 1996 and has received mixed reviews.







Grande Sertao: Veredas (The Devil to Pay in the Backlands)

by Joao Guimaraes Rosa

devil to pay in the backlands

Though now out of print and difficult to find in English, Rosa is considered to be one of the finest Brazilian authors of all time, and this book one of the greatest in Brazilian literature. Loosely based on his adventures as an armed ruffian, this novel is also an intense tale of the love that two men have for each other. If you can’t find it in print, look for it in .pdf form online.






The Accidental President of Brazil

by Fernando Henrique Cardoso

accidental president of brazil

This non-fiction book was written by the 34th President of Brazil.  If you’re interested in how a former sociologist could be shunted to become President of such a large, turbulent, passionate, and violent country, then this would be a fantastic read for you.








These books are only scratching the surface of the literary goldmine that Brazil has to offer, but it’s enough to get you started.  Now settle down with some rum and wile away your weekend with one of these books to learn a little more about the country that’s currently hosting the World Cup.

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