Julia Dias Carneiro – BBC, 8/9/2012
“I’m under no illusions about the importance of my work,” the writer Jorge Amado once said. “But if it has any worth, it is that it truly reflects the Brazilian people.”
As Brazil celebrates the centenary of his birth, Amado is remembered as one of the country’s most important, and best-loved writers, famous not only at home but internationally.
His vivid portrayal of his fellow countrymen and women struck a chord, and he created characters who captured the popular imagination.
Translated into 49 languages and published in 55 countries, his books reflect Brazil’s culture, inequalities and contradictions.