Granta to Do Best Young Brazilian Novelists

They’re at it again.

Now, Granta em Português has announced the publication of The Best of Young Brazilian Novelists, to be published in Portuguese in July 2012 and in English, Autumn 2012. Granta editor John Freeman spoke to Granta em Português editor Marcelo Ferronio about choosing the writers, Brazilian inspiration and the judges of the competition.

JF: Do you think there is a generation of writers under forty doing something new in Brazil, and if so, how would you characterize them?

MF: I think there’s a vibrant new generation of writers, trying to do something very different with Brazilian literature. They’re still drawing heavily from the Brazilian literary tradition, but at the same time they’re absorbing a series of references from foreign authors and popular culture. So, what you have are texts that are less experimental, with less of a focus on Brazilian cultural issues, but with truly original ideas.

How do young writers in Brazil differ from the generations before them? . . .

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Please let “they’re absorbing a series of references from foreign authors and popular culture” not mean that they’re influenced by the likes of Jennifer Egan or Dave Eggers.


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