Jorge Amado

(1912 - 2001)

After being jailed by Brazilian dictator Getúlio Vargas for participating in a popular insurrection in 1935, Jorge Amado, one of modern Brazil’s most famous writers, saw his books banned and burned, and in 1941 he went into exile. “It is curious,” Amado later wrote, “to realize how in such a brief period a civilization and a culture grew out of so much spilled blood.” He published more than twenty novels during his lifetime, including Sweat (1934), Red Field (1946), Tent of Miracles (1969), and The War of the Saints (1988).

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