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ARIANO SUASSUNA

[ João Pessoa: 1927 ] Built up a fictional universe based on the legends and oral traditions of the interior highlands of north-eastern Brazil. His works – novels, dramas and poems – bear witness to his dominion over all the tools of his trade. The universality expressed in his texts lies in their simplicity, in the incisive dialogue and comic plots, in their theatrical conception and Christian humanism. A polemical nationalist, Suassuna is one of Brazil’s most determined defenders of national culture – both popular and erudite – campaigning especially to disseminate the culture of his native north-east.

Updated in 1999