The Necessity of Fiction in Today's Brazil


Thursday, October 4, 2018, 12:00pm


CGIS South, S216, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Beatriz Bracher, writer

Moderator: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

In 2018, Brazil finds itself torn to pieces, and inundated by the deafening roar of militancies and their drones. Under these conditions, it is necessary to reconstruct and protect a space for silence and doubt. A space where certainties might be betrayed: fiction.

Beatriz Bracher (São Paulo, 1961), graduated in Literature and Writing, was the editor of the Literature and Philosophy magazine 34 Letras, and one of the founders of Editora 34, where she worked for eight years. Beatriz is an award winning writer and screenwriter. Novels: Azul e dura (Blue and Hard – 2002) Não falei (I Didn’t Talk - 2004) Antonio (2007) Anatomia do paraíso (Anatomy of Paradise - 2015) Short stories collections: Meu amor (My Love - 2009) Garimpo (Gold Mining - 2013) Story line: Cronicamente Inviável , with Sergio Bianchi (Chronically unfeasible - 2000) Screenplays: Os inquilinos , with Sergio Bianchi (The Tenants – 2009) O abismo prateado, with Karim Aïnouz (The Silver Abyss -2011), participant on the Semaine du Réalisateur, in Cannes festival. Awards: My love - Clarice Lispector Award from the National Library Foundation as the best short story book of 2009. Gold Mining - APCA Award in the Tales / Chronicles category in 2013. Honorable mention at the House of the Americas Award in Cuba in 2015. Anatomy of Paradise - São Paulo Literature Prize and Rio de Janeiro Literature Prize. The Tenants - Best screenplay award at the Festival of Rio 2009. Her titles are published in Germany (I Didn’t Talk and Antonio), Uruguay (Antonio) and the United States (I Didn’t Talk).

Presented in collaboration with Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.