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Brazilian Literature in Translation: Padma Viswanathan with Miguel Conde


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Thursday, 1:00 pm EDT July 30, 2020

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Writer and translator Padma Viswanathan will discuss her translation from the Portuguese of Graciliano Ramos’s São Bernardo, with literary critic Miguel Conde. Presented in collaboration with New York Review Books and Words Without Borders.

Paulo Honório, the protagonist of São Bernardo, is a ruthless and demanding owner of a large estate—where as a young man he worked as a field hand—in the backlands of Brazil. After returning the farm to prosperity, and marrying a beautiful and educated wife, Honório decides to write his memoirs, but what comes out is far from what he anticipated.

Graciliano Ramos is one of Brazil’s greatest writers. Rural life—its language and rhythms, its isolation and society—is at the heart of his work, expertly and inventively brought into English by Padma Viswanathan’s translation of one of his most cherished novels.


In Conversation

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    Padma Viswanathan

    Padma Viswanathan

    Padma Viswanathan’s debut novel, The Toss of a Lemon, has been published in eight countries and was a finalist for several prizes. Her second novel, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao, was a national bestseller in Canada and was short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her short fiction and nonfiction work has been published in several outlets, including Granta, the Boston Review, Elle (Canada), and Guernica. She teaches creative writing at the University of Arkansas.

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    Miguel Conde

    Miguel Conde

    Miguel Conde is a Brazilian journalist and literary critic. His essays and reviews have appeared in academic journals and media outlets in Brazil and abroad. He was an editor and columnist at O Globo newspaper, in Rio de Janeiro, and the curator for two editions of Flip, the international literary festival in Paraty. Currently, he works as the book review editor at Words Without Borders and is researching his first book, a biography of Brazilian poet and critic Ferreira Gullar (1930-2016).