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How To Read Brazil

Vanessa Barbara, Daniel Galera & Chico Mattoso

Vanessa Barbara, Daniel Galera and Chico Mattoso share three essential works by Brazilian authors.

Vanessa Barbara

Vanessa Barbara is a journalist, translator and writer. Her publications include O livro amarelo do terminal (2008), winner of the Jabuti Award, the novel O verão do Chibo (2008), co-written with Emilio Fraia and the children’s book Endrigo, o escavador de umbigo (2011), illustrated by Andrés Sandoval. She has published a translation of The Great Gatsby, edits the literary website A Hortaliça ( and is a columnist for the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo. Her novel Noites de alface was published in 2013.

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Daniel Galera

Daniel Galera was born in São Paulo, but spent most of his life in Porto Alegre. He is founder of the publishing house Livros do Mal, which published his volume of short stories Dentes guardados in 2001. Galera’s work has been published in the US, Italy, France, Portugal and Argentina. Together with the artist Rafael Coutinho, he published the graphic novel Cachalote in 2010.

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Chico Mattoso

Chico Mattoso was born in France and has lived in São Paulo. Longe de Ramiro, his first novel, was short-listed for the Jabuti Award. In 2011, he published his second book, Nunca vai embora. He currently lives in Chicago, where he is studying screenwriting at Northwestern University.

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