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One Hundred Years after Tomorrow

Brazilian Women's Fiction in the Twentieth Century

Edited and translated by Darlene J. Sadlier

Publication Year: 1992

"Appearing for the first time in English, these stories express the anguish and courage of women from their different classes and regions as they recognize their common restlessness and forge a new consciousness."  -- Booklist

"... provocative... Although not all the pieces are outwardly political, there is a political edge to the book; the tone of the stories is bleak as they tell of Brazilian women's struggles with government, society, men and their own private demons. Sadlier's able translations retain a distinctive voice and style for each writer." -- Publishers Weekly

"Sadlier... has done a service to students of Comparative Literature and Women's Studies as well as to general readers who sincerely want to know what literature of quality is being written in that all-too-rarely studied Portuguese language of Brazil."  -- Revista de Estudios Hispanicos

"The pieces... convey... the evolution in the consciousness of the writers, their sense of themselves, and their place in society as well as the changes affecting Brazil's political climate and society at large during this century."  -- Review of Contemporary Fiction

"A superb addition to the increasing number of anthologies dedicated to Brazilian literature." -- Choice

"A must for any modern literary collection." -- WLW Journal

Women writers have revolutionized Brazilian literature, and this impressive collection will provide English readers with a window on this revolution. These twenty previously untranslated selections by some of Brazil's most important writers illustrate the remarkable power of women's voices and the important contributions they have made to twentieth-century literature.

Published by: Indiana University Press

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pp. ix-x

A number of people from different parts of the world gave me help and support for this project. In Brazil, I wish to thank Monica Rector, Sylvia Paixao, Susana Borneo Funck, Zahide L. Muzart, Nelly Novaes Coelho, Bella Jozef, Rita Terezinha Schmidt, Cassiano Nunes, Nilo Scalzo, and Thex Correa da Silva. In England, I am especially indebted to Maggie...

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pp. 1-12

This volume is a celebration of women's writing in Brazil over the past one hundred years. Like any other survey of the past, however, it calls attention to something in the present-in this case, to Brazil's emerging feminist consciousness. I have tried to recover a number of authors who...

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Carmen Dolores / A Drama in the Countryside (1907)

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pp. 13-26

Carmen Dolores was the preferred pen name of Emilia Moncorvo Bandeira de Melo (1852-1910), who also published under the pseudonyms Julia de Castro and Leonel Sampaio. Historians are divided on her place of birth-Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro-but she lived in Rio and was a regular contributor to the...

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Júlia Lopes de Almeida / From He and She (1910)

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pp. 27-35

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1862, Julia Lopes de Almeida was the first woman to achieve a national reputation as a major writer in Brazil. The critic Lucia Miguel Pereira proclaimed her the most important novelist of her time, while historian Jose Verissimo considered Almeida and her contemporary, Coelho Neto, to...

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Rachel de Queiroz / From The Year Fifteen (1930)

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pp. 36-51

In 1930, when she was twenty years old, Rachel de Queiroz published O Quinze (The Year Fifteen), a classic novel about the legendary drought of 1915 that ravaged her homeland in the Brazilian Northeast. Within a few years, Queiroz, and her fellow northeasterners Jorge Amado, Jose Lins do Rego, and Graciliano...

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Clarice Lispector / The Flight (1940)

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pp. 52-57

Clarice Lispector was two months old when her family left the Ukraine in 1925 and emigrated to Brazil. Recife, in the northeastern part of the country, was her home until her family moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1937. There she attended law school and worked as a translator alongside the writers Lucio Cardoso...

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Sra. Leandro Dupré / From We Were Six (1943)

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pp. 58-75

Sra. Leandro (Maria Jose) Dupre was among Brazil's most popular and prolific writers of the 1940s and 1950s. Born in 1905, in a small town in the state of Sao Paulo, she published her first story, "Uma Familia Antiga de Jaboticabal" (An Old Family from Jaboticabal), in a 1938 edition of the newspaper...

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Emi Bulhões Carvalho da Fonseca / In the Silence of the Big House (1944)

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pp. 76-83

Like Sra. Leandro Dupre, Emi Bulhoes Carvalho da Fonseca was a prolific and widely read author of the 1940s and 1950s. A Carioca by birth, she published her first book, a collection of stories entitled No Silincio da Casa Grande (In the Silence of the Big House) in 1944. That year, the book was awarded the Afonso Arinos...

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Lúcia Benedetti / My Uncle Ricardo (1950)

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pp. 84-90

Lucia Benedetti's literary debut was somewhat unusual. In 1935, at the age of nineteen, she entered a competition organized by the newspaper A Noite, for the best love letter written to actor Ramon Novarro. She won second prize, but more importantly, she became a regular contributor to A Noite and two other...

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Dinah Silveira de Queiroz / Jovita (1957)

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pp. 91-109

Dinah Silveira de Queiroz was born in Sao Paulo in 1911 and made her debut as a writer in 1937, when her short story "Pecado" (Sin), appeared in the newspaper Correio Paulistano. A few years later, the story appeared in English translation in Mademoiselle, having been selected for special recognition in a competition for...

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Lia Correia Dutra / A Perfect World (1957)

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pp. 110-121

Lia Correia Dutra began her career as a poet, and her first book, Luz e Sombra (Light and Shadow) was pronounced the best collection of poetry for 1931 by the Brazilian Academy of Letters. She was also a critic, and in 1938, during the heyday of the social realist novel in Brazil, she published a study of Jose Lins do Rego, a...

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Lygia Fagundes Telles / Just a Saxophone (1969)

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pp. 122-139

Lygia Fagundes Telles is one of Brazil's best known authors, and in 1985 she became the third woman elected to the Brazilian Academy of Letters. Born in Sao Paulo in 1923, she has written numerous volumes of fiction. Her most recent work is the novel As Horas Nuas (1989) (The Naked Hours), which is narrated by an aging...

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Adalgisa Nery / Premeditated Coincidence (1972)

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pp. 140-145

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1905, Adalgisa Nery married the Brazilian artist Ismael Nery in 1922; and through him, she came into contact with some of the major intellectual figures of the Brazilian modernist period. Following the death of her husband, in 1934, she worked in the Ministry of External Affairs to support...

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Hilda Hilst / Agda (1973)

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pp. 146-155

Born in 1930 and educated as a lawyer, Hilda Hilst has been writing for forty years. Her career has three distinct phases. Between 1950 and 1967, she published eight collections of poetry; between 1967 and 1969, she wrote eight plays; and since 1970 she has produced five volumes of fiction. She has been Artist in Residence...

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Nélida Piñon / Near East (1973)

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pp. 156-162

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1937, Nelida Pinon recently became the fourth woman to be elected to the Brazilian Academy of Letters. She published her first two novels, Guia-Mapa de Gabriel Arcanjo (Gabriel Archangel's Guide-Map) and Madeira Feita Cruz (Wood Made into a Cross), in the early 1960s; both works exemplify...

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Tania Jamardo Faillace / Dorceli (1975)

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pp. 163-173

Tania Jamardo Faillace was born in 1939 in Rio Grande do SuI, the southernmost state in Brazil. Her novel Adiio e Eva (1965) (Adam and Eve) retells the biblical tale from the point of view of Eve; and 0 35° Ano de Ines (1971) (Ines's 35th Year) contains several stories about women driven to madness and suicide. For...

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Elisa Lispector / The Fragile Balance (1977)

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pp. 174-179

Born in the Ukraine in 1911, Elisa Lispector was a young girl when her family emigrated to the Brazilian Northeast. After attending the Conservatório de Música in Recife, she moved to Rio de Janeiro, which was her home until her death in 1989. In the 1940s and 1950s, Elisa Lispector was perhaps better known...

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Edla van Steen / The Sleeping Beauty (Script of a Useless Life) (1978)

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pp. 180-193

Edla van Steen was born in 1936, in Florianópolis, the capital of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. She has resided in Sao Paulo for nearly thirty years, where she has worked in theater and cinema as an actress and scriptwriter. She has written several volumes of stories and novels, and is the editor of...

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Marina Colasanti / Little Girl in Red, on Her Way to the Moon (1980)

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pp. 194-203

Born in Ethiopia in 1937, Marina Colasanti spent her early childhood in Italy, moving to Brazil in 1948. Following her studies at the National School of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro, she became a journalist and has written extensively on women's issues for a variety of magazines. In 1975, she began her association with the woman's journal...

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Márcia Denser / The Vampire of Whitehouse Lane (1980)

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pp. 204-214

Marcia Denser was born in Sao Paulo in 1949. In the late 1970s she became fiction editor for the woman's journal Nova. She has contributed to various newspapers and magazines in Sao Paulo and has published two collections of her own fiction: Tango Fantasma (1976) (Phantom Tango) and 0 Animal dos Motéis (1981) (The...

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Lya Luft / From The Left Wing of the Angel (1981)

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pp. 215-227

A major theme in all of Lya Luft's novels is social and sexual identity-a theme derived in part from her own experiences as a child growing up in the large German immigrant community in Rio Grande do SuI, where she was born in 1938. The gothic quality some critics have referred to in describing Luft's novels has to do...

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Sônia Coutinho / Every Lana Turner Has Her Johnny Stompanato (1985)

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pp. 228-235

Born in Bahia in 1939, Sonia Coutinho lives in Rio de Janeiro, where she works as a journalist and translator. Her first stories appeared in Reuniāo (Reunion) (1961) along with those of three other authors. Since that time, she has published several volumes, including the novel 0 Jogo de Ifá (1980) (The Game...

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pp. 237-241

E-ISBN-13: 9780253115690
E-ISBN-10: 0253115698
Print-ISBN-13: 9780253350459

Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 1992

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  • Brazilian fiction -- Women authors -- Translations into English.
  • Short stories, Brazilian -- Translations into English.
  • Women -- Brazil -- Fiction.
  • Brazil -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
  • Brazilian fiction -- 20th century -- Translations into English.
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