Readers of Brazilian literature lose three great authors within 5 days

Those who love Brazilian literature have been in mourning for the past five days. Three great authors died in such a short span of time, leaving behind a legacy that will keep their memory alive for generations of readers in Brazil and abroad.

First it was João Ubaldo Ribeiro (1941-2014), who died July 18. As his fellow countryman Jorge Amado, this author from Bahia was translated into several languages, and even translated his own book Viva o povo brasileiro into English as "An Invincible Memory". João Ubaldo also wrote a column for the papers and had part of his works adapted to TV and movies. He had occupied Seat # 34 in the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 1994.

One day later, on July 19, Rubem Alves (1933-2014) died. He was a prominent author of young adult literature, as well as education and philosophy of religion. He published more than 40 books―many of which were translated into English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Romanian―and was a famous keynote speaker due to his humanist view on how to educate children and young adults.

On July 23, Ariano Suassura (1927-2014) died. Nascido em João Pessoa, Paraíba, defendia o Movimento Armorial, cujo objetivo era criar uma arte erudita a partir de elementos da cultura popular do Nordeste Brasileiro. Uma de suas maiores obras foi a peça "O auto da Compadecida", que virou filme em 2000. Ocupava a cadeira 32 daAcademia Brasileira de Letras desde 1990.


Nota do editor: Poeta e tradutor Ivan Junqueira faleceu dia 3 de julho

No início do mês, faleceu Ivan Junqueira (1934-2014), outro ilustre escritor e ex-presidente da Academia Brasileira de Letras. Homenageado pela Academia Francesa de Letras com a Medalha de Richelieu, a mais alta condecoração daquela instituição, teve sua poesia traduzida para o inglês, espanhol, italiano, francês, alemão, dinamarquês, russo, turco, búlgaro, esloveno, provençal, croata e chinês. Além de escritor, também foi tradutor e recebeu prêmios pela tradução dos poemas de T. S. Eliot.