country of citizenship: Brazil
native language: Portuguese
educated at: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Law
occupation: writer, journalist, poet, novelist, lawyer, science fiction writer, politician, screenwriter
award received: Camões Prize, Prix mondial Cino Del Duca, Lenin Peace Prize, International Stalin Prize for Peace, International Nonino Prize, Ordem do Mérito Cultural
position held: Brazilian federal deputy
influenced by: Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
Jorge Leal Amado de Faria (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈʒɔʁʒi lɛˈaw ɐˈmadu dʒi fɐˈɾi.ɐ], 10 August 1912 – 6 August 2001) was a Brazilian writer of the modernist school. He remains the best known of modern Brazilian writers, with his work having been translated into some 49 languages and popularized in film, notably Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands in 1978. His work reflects the image of a Mestiço Brazil and is marked by religious syncretism. He depicted a cheerful and optimistic country that was beset, at the same time, with deep social and economic differences.
He occupied the 23rd chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters from 1961 until his death in 2001.
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