An extraordinary book project about an extraordinary place
When Dom Pedro I declared Brazilian independence from Portugal in September 1822, he could not have imagined that the newly liberated country would one day become a nation of 200 million citizens. Becoming Brazil: New Fiction, Poetry, and Memoir presents contemporary writing by and about the vibrant people of this fascinatingly diverse and rapidly changing country.
Although Brazil is by far the largest and most populous nation in South America—with approximately the same landmass as the US—Brazilian literature, art, and culture are little known in countries where Portuguese is not spoken. But within Brazil, contemporary artists and writers are creating a culture that is both cosmopolitan and inclusive of the nation’s extraordinary array of regions, customs, and dialects.
Becoming Brazil includes more than two dozen works by canonical twentieth-century Brazilian writers, innovative contemporary authors, and new voices, many of them in translation for the first time. Authors include Conceição Evaristo, Marcílio França Castro, Milton Hatoum, José Luiz Passos, and João Guimarães Rosa. Becoming Brazil also features images by celebrated photographers Sebastião Salgado and Marcio Rodrigues. See our website for a complete list of the fiction writers, poets, and artists.
Guest-edited by Eric M. B. Becker (founder of Words without Border) and Mānoa contributing editor Noah Perales-Estoesta, Becoming Brazil will appear in a handsome print edition from the University of Hawaii Press; a digital edition through Project Muse; and an ebook through Amazon.com.
Donors will receive complimentary copies of this extraordinary, ground-breaking book, which will sell for $25.
Risks and challenges
American readers know little about the literature and arts of today’s Brazil. The challenge of the Becoming Brazil Project is reaching those readers—telling them about work that will illuminate the history and culture of this extraordinary country. Readers, writers, travelers with an interest in Brazil, and those who know little about the country will be enriched and will find themselves, through the power of art, becoming Brazil.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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