Brazilian Fiction

Rio_2016_logo.svgIt’s almost impossible to believe that we are into August already — a month that heralds the arrival of the Summer Olympics (aka Rio 2016).  Whenever the Olympics are held, the book lover in me wants to get a literary taste of the host country.  Here are some works of contemporary Brazilian fiction you might enjoy:

perfectdaysPerfect Days by Raphael Montes

Teo is a loner who identifies more with his med school cadaver than he does with other humans — until he meets Clarice.  When Clarice rejects him, Teo kidnaps her and takes her on a road trip around Brazil.  Montes has been hailed as the Brazilian Stephen King.

crowblueCrow Blue by Adriana Lisboa

After her mother’s death, thirteen year old Vanja moves from Rio to Colorado to search for her biological father.  Lisboa does an exemplary job of “[documenting] the experiences of travel and interacting with other cultures, […] as a means to explore the attachment to her home country and understand its history and politics.”

silenceThe Silence of the Rain by L.A. Garcia-Roza

This police procedural is the first in a series that’s a bestseller in Brazil.  Inspector Espinosa is called in to investigate the murder-robbery of Roberto Carvalho, a businessman with million dollar life insurance policy, a missing secretary and a very attractive wife…

beardBlood-Drenched Beard by Daniel Galera

Galera’s novel whisks readers off to Garopaba in southern Brazil, where an unnamed young man arrives to start a new life and solve the decades old mystery of his grandfather’s murder.


Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelhoeleven

Maria is a young prostitute with a dim view of romantic love who goes of a voyage of self discovery as she travels from Rio to Geneva.  Coelho is internationally bestselling author of The Alchemist. 

Feliz leitura!




  1. I totally second your recommendation of Daniel Galera! That book blew my mind! I can’t say the same for Perfect Days though. Maybe it was just the genre that’s not my cup of tea?

    As a Brazilian – librarian! – expat living in Vancouver, I’m so happy with all the attention my country and hometown are getting these days! 🙂

    Can I just say you should have written “Feliz leitura” at the end? It’s not that the order you wrote is wrong, but it would sound more natural with Feliz in the beginning. 🙂

    Obrigada, Patricia!

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