Book recommendations for books from Brazil

Hey everyone. I need your help. I been learning Portuguese for a while now and I would love to get to the next level and read a book in Portuguese. I thought some of you might know some great books from Brazil.

Here is a small list of things I would love to see: -It should be in Portuguese -It shouldn't be too long (something between 200 and 300 pages is fine, under 200 would be great)

Contentwise I think it would be great if the book sets place in Brazil (either historically or in today's time). Maybe a novel that contains both history and an interesting story. An autobiography would be nice too.

Thank you for your time

Greetings Fithi

August 23, 2019


You might enjoy "A Hora da Estrela," by Clarice Lispector, one of Brazil's most famous authors. It's a novella--probably under 100 pages. She also writes wonderful short stories.

I am looking forward to reading "Não Falei" by Beatriz Bracher. It deals with the memory of the military dictatorship in Brazil and is quite short--around 150 pages.

Another option: are you familiar with the "crônica" genre in Portuguese literature? They are very short, observational stories pulled from the writer's own experience. This is an anthology of crônicas, chosen for Portuguese learners--but written originally for a Brazilian audience: Depending on your proficiency, you can use or ignore the supplementary material.

August 23, 2019

omg i literally just commented on that book and i hadnt even seen your comment lolll

August 23, 2019

Haha, it's a good one!

August 23, 2019

Thank you sounds great. I will check it out.

August 27, 2019

there's a book called "A Hora da Estrela" that was written by Clarice Lispector (that's actullay Ukranian, but came to Brazil as a baby) that, if I'm not wrong, is quite short (around 100 pages). It's about the story of a woman (Macabéa) that went from the state of Alagoas, in the northeast region of Brazil, to Rio searching for better life conditions. then a bunch of things start to happen, and you just gotta read it.

hope to have helped :-)

August 23, 2019

This book really has to be good. Thank you for your tip

August 27, 2019

I think one of our most known writers is Machado de Assis.. his books take place in Brazil, but in the past. The way he writes might be a bit hard for beginners because he uses lots of metaphors and since it's kinda old his Portuguese is very formal. The one I like the most is "Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas" :)

If you enjoy fantasy, I'd recommend you to read Monteiro Lobato's books. They are aimed at children but they are very good to learn more about "myths" from our culture, like saci pererê, mula sem cabeça, etc.

August 23, 2019

Thats great. mula sem cabeça sounds interesting.

August 27, 2019

Warning: most of Brazilians find it boring.

September 1, 2019
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