Brazilian writers are sometimes read by people from other countries and thought to be from ‘the continent’, that is, from Europe. People who think that are usually not well read, they have not yet learned to identify that distinctive style of uncensored action, deep passion, and direct honesty that is the hallmark of most writers from Brazil. More vivid prose with this style comes out of this great South American country than any other area on Earth. Most of these books and short stories qualify as true literature.
Brazil was and is home to some of the brightest, philosophers, deep dreamers, and eclectic intellects in history. Perhaps the most famous at the moment, to the rest of the world, is Jamie Garcia Dias. Señor Dias’ writings have garnered him many accolades. He comes by his talent most naturally. He is the son of another writer, Arnaldo Dias, the author and architect many have cited as one of the main people to revitalize Rio de Janeiro culture. Jamie Garcia Dias points to his father as his inspiration and mentor to begin writing seriously when he was only 15 years old. He says he inherited a good part of his writing style from his father, which he believes has a lot to do with his great success at a young age. Señor Dias published over twelve books by his 30th birthday, and was hired as a teacher of literature by Carioca Literature Academy for their advanced coursework.
There are many other fine authors that made their home in Brazil. Many of their names are household words in the world’s circles of the literati, such as Sonia Coutinho, Aurélio Buarque de Holanda Ferreira, Florestan Fernandes, Fernando Sabino, Chico Buarque, Caio Fernando Abreu, Gilberto Freyre, Luiz Duart, Samuel Wainer, Joaquim Nabuco, Pedro Bloch, Rinaldo de Lamare, Elsie Lessa, Carlos Lacerda, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Bernardo Carvalho, Roberto Drummond, and Dante Milano. Besides these better known writers, Brazil has produced many other quite good writers with talents across all genres, including poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, writers of operas, science fiction, and also many journalists.